What caught my interest today was an article on the Lake County Tea Party site by Paul Mitchell about Grayslake Unit School District 46.
It is based on emails sent to and from the school district’s email server and shows the planning and execution of the re-election campaigns of incumbent school board members Sue Facklam and Mary Garcia.
I dipped into the email source documents (which can be accessed at the bottom of Mitchell’s article) obtained through a Freedom of Information request and found some that I would like to share with you.
In long, long documents like state budgets, I start at the bottom and work my way up. That’s works for budgets, because legislative leaders often bury bad things near the end.
It works for emails because the last one sent responsive to the FOI request is on the bottom. For you though, I’ll put them in chronological order starting about two months before the April 5, 2011, election.
What I find most interesting is the interaction between consultant Alex Finke and the candidates. (In any of these emails, you can click to enlarge them, if you can’t read them.)
This March 1st email from incumbent Mary Garcia to consultant Alex Finke seems to give advice on how to evade the Illinois Campaign Finance Disclosure laws.
This email from incumbent Sue Facklam tells of how gift cards were give to high school students who registered to vote. She notes that practice "is probably illegal."
This email tells how the incumbents reached out to Lake County Democrats for data base help.
A retired teacher apparently sent a letter to the editor. The reaction was to try to find out how much of a salary bump he got before retiring.
Teachers are filling out "friend-to-friend" post cards. The union will pay postage.
Lake County Democrats are unwilling to share Votebuilder because Mary Garcia, one of the incumbents, did not vote in the Democratic Party primary election.
"You won last time doing nothing."
Campaign FaceBooking about noon at school.
Here's a campaign appearance invitation.
"Is it illegal for me to forward this??" asks Diane Elfring, the District 46 teacher union president.
The Patf's Pizza fund raiser does not have the required campaign disclosure telling where one can purchase a copy of the political action committee's campaign disclosure report.
What follows–in two parts–is an email telling how a joint campaign might avoid filing campaign disclosure reports.
The local library's email seems to have been used for political purposes.
More later. (Here are Part 2 and Part 3.)