“Follow the money.”
That was the strategy of the Washington Post reporters in their Watergate investigation.
A week ago I sent a Freedom of Information request to McHenry Township asking for payments since the beginning of 2017 to any of the large contributors to Citizens for Facts First.
You can see the big contributors below:
- $1,200 – Loan from Mariclare Adams
- $500 – Lake Cook Plumbing Service, Inc., Lake Zurich
- $300 – Robert Wegener, McHenry
- $250 – Citizens for Joe Gottemoller, Crystal Lake
- $250 – William Rinn, Crystal Lake
- $200 – ADL & Associates, LLC, McHenry
- $200 – Buss Ford & Lincoln, McHenry
- $200 – Stephen Cheslica, Burlington, WI
- $200 – Roger Gerstad, Wonder Lake
- $200 – HR Green, Cedar Rapids, IA
- $200 – Christian Newkirk, McHenry
- $200 – R.A. Adams Enterprises, Inc.
- $200 – Schmitt and Schmitt Investments, McHenry
- $200 – Charles Violett, McHenry
Now, let’s look at how much McHenry Township paid and still owe three of those contributors for 2017, through October 31, 2018:
- HR Green – $573,255.95
- R. Adams Enterprises – $15,128.17
- Buss Ford & Lincoln – $2,304.23
All in all, nothing like how the supporters of the McHenry High School tax hike referendum pried money out of their vendors.
Of the $5,000 in contributions reported to the State Board of Elections, $3,500 comes from those receiving taxpayer-financed checks:
- $1,500 – Joseph Parys, Partner, Center Point Energy, Downers Grove, which sells natural gas to District 156
- $1,000 – Midwest Educational Furnishings, Inc., which sells furniture to D156
- $1,000 – Wuff Werner, ABM, Cleveland, provides custodial services for the district