Guarino reports on what gives and who gets after looking overÃ‚Â the Simpkins PAC’s finances.
“…The apparent value delivered by the PAC to many of its donors was the strength of its endorsement.”
For what it’s worth… When I ran for City Council in ’03, I was interviewed by the Simkins PAC membership (it was Michael King’s last meeting with them, BTW).Ã‚Â Pointed questions were asked regarding my views on various issues of concern toÃ‚Â the black community in particualar and Greensboro in general.
After their endorsements were announced, I wrote that I wasÃ‚Â “…deeply offended by their exclusion” and questionedÃ‚Â their thinking, but I never even considered that their non-endorsement was about how much money I could or could not provide to their coffers.Ã‚Â It was more about how my views aligned with theirs.
My understanding of the process is the same as what Sandy Carmany describes in the comments to Joe’s post.Ã‚Â The endorsement comes first; only then does the PAC ask the candidate (or cause) for moneyÃ‚Â to help get the word out about their selections.