Palm Beach Post: Outside cash flows into Martin County elections

The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning blogger, Sally Swartz, details Martin County’s August 14 Primary races and outside influence: “Out-of-state and out-of-county contributors make up more than 55 percent of Mr. Hayes’ campaign chest, 40 percent of Mr. Smith’s, 70 percent of Mr. Tucker’s and 49 percent of Mr. Ciampi’s. Their opponents — Anne Scott, John Haddox, Henry Copeland, Tom Fullman and Carolyn Timman — received the majority of their campaign contributions from local donors.”

Swartz continues: “So many out-of-state and out-of-county influences in Martin races are troubling. It’s tough to find out who is behind the contributions. And two big questions remain: Are the contributions meant to influence votes or actions on future projects? Or are they paybacks for favors already granted?”

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