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In Mary’s Own Words

In making endorsements in her newsletter prior to the 2009 Coeur d'Alene municipal elections, Mary Souza wrote, in part, about long-time nemesis Mike Kennedy:

“Mike has raised more than $22,000 to fund his campaign for a part-time city council position that pays only $700. per month.  A large percentage of Mike’s donations have come from way out of town, southern Idaho and a lot from out-of-state.  Does this make you wonder?You can see whole newsletter here.

DFO: Why am I bringing this up now. Mary probably has set a record in fund-raising for her mayoral campaign. The 7-day, pre-election finance disclosure statement shows she has raised more than $37,000 (for a job that pays $32,400 per year), including a curious $1,000 that was siphoned through the Ocean of Life Foundation in Auburn, Wash., to protect the donor's anonymity until good reporting by Jeff Sele of the Coeur d'Alene Press forced the donor to come forward.

Question: Does this make you wonder?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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