Tuesday, May 27, 2008

A little perspective

When assessing how much out-of-state money NYC millionaire Howard Rich’s voucher group South Carolinians for Responsible Government funnels into our state’s political campaigns, it’s useful to compare the numbers with those of other politicians.

So, I did just that. I took a few of the members of SCRG’s slate of State House candidates and compared their percentages of New York City funding, thus far in 2008, to other randomly selected politicians. Here's how it came out:

SCRG candidate Joey Millwood: 72% of funding from NYC.
Politician Micah Kellner: 69% of funding from NYC.

SCRG candidate Ed Rumsey: 36% of funding from NYC.
Politician Dick Gottfried: 25% funding from NYC.

SCRG candidate Kyle Boyd: 14.6% funding from NYC.
Politician Daniel J. O’Donnell: 14.3% of funding from NYC.

As you can see, every one of these South Carolina voucher candidates received a higher percentage Big Apple money than his counterpart.

Which isn’t really a big deal, except that all of the "randomly selected” politicians are actually New York state lawmakers … whose districts are entirely in New York City.

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