Monday, January 1, 2007
Dear 10th Congressional District and Michigan WatchBlog Friends:
As many of you may already know "the Google" may be used to send to your mailboxes "Google Alerts". You may set search parameters to bring you news articles, blogs entries, and other media found on the "internets". I have an alert set for all things "Candice Miller".
Imagine my surprise that on the last day of 2006 a Google Alert sent me to this url -- http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.asp?cid=N00009795.
Thanks to the good folks at the Center for Responsive Government the information, published by opensecrets.org, allows us to explore the records kept on our government employees. Yes, Candy -- you are my employee. You work for me!
The page that the Google Alert sent me to was one that I have often visited. It has been recently updated. It is great to know where Candice S. Miller received her campaign funding. Slightly over half (50.5%) of Candice Miller's financing came from PAC contributions. 46.3% of her war chest came from individual contributions and 3.2% came from "other" sources.
I find it most disturbing that of the Miller's funding the "Top Metro Areas" sent $201,494. The disturbing part is that those metro areas are not within the 10th Congressional District. Leading in those contributions were Detroit, then Washington D.C., Lansing, Flint, and Ann Arbor.
Under the Geographical Data section the "Top Zip Codes" sent in $96,794. 57% of the Top Zip Code contributions came from cities and a township located outside of the 10th Congressional District. The largest contribution came from Grosse Pointe ($24,850), then Rochester, Clinton Township, Troy, and Warren.
As noted above, this is public information compiled by our friends at the Center for Responsive Government. The data reported in this post absolutely begs the question, "Who is BUYING Candy?"
Really --- Is Candice Miller working for her constituents or the interests of her campaign contributors?