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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v8n17 (04/23/2009) » Section: The News, Briefly

Buffalo Public Schools keep campaign finance information close to their chests

At Tuesday night’s school board candidate forum staged by the Coalition for Economic Justice and held at True Bethel Baptist Church, incumbents Catherine Collins and Chris Jacobs answered at least one question with a lie. When every candidate was asked if they would make their campaign finance statements available to the public, Collins and Jacobs claimed they would, and that these files are in fact available, to everyone, right there in City Hall.

Who's paying for the at-large incumbents' campaign for Buffalo School Board?

Not since last fall’s election season have I stepped in the front door to my house and slid on such a slippery piece of campaign literature as the big, glossy flyer promoting incumbents Catherine Collins, Chris Jacobs, and Florence Johnson as at-large school board candidates. After five years of service, they could only come up with three bullet points to illustrate their record, and even those are vague boasts or obvious stretchers.

Ellicott District Councilmember Brian Davis finally responds to the scandals engulfing him-on Facebook

Last week Buffalo Rising Online posted Brian Davis’s Facebook page response to Jim Heaney’s front-page analysis of his personal financial history in Easter Sunday’s Buffalo News. (If you didn’t read it, suffice to say Davis has not been a responsible citizen: bankruptcy at age 20; a history of bounced checks, lawsuits and liens; failure to pay child support; election law violations leading to a frozen campaign account; license suspended for lapsed insurace; driving without a license anyway; and the list goes on.)

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