How much will real estate and development interests spend to elect DeMaio?
One of Carl DeMaio's favorite claims on the campaign trail is that government doesn't create jobs. We've noted previously that DeMaio can actually thank government for every job he's ever had, but is he also looking to have government create jobs for his campaign contributors?
After he didn't back down from a statement that he "owes" his supporters, DeMaio assured the audience at a mayoral debate in January that "we have not had any contract process where I'm awarding a contract." But as we noted last month, that’s not entirely accurate:
Let's start with whether DeMaio has anything to do with awarding contracts. According to campaign finance reports, in 2007, DeMaio received more than $2,700 in contributions from private waste management companies, including Allied Waste. In December 2009 DeMaio voted to transfer the city's franchise for solid waste management to... Allied Waste Management! In February 2011, DeMaio was pushing to outsource trash services to private contractors, and on September 26, 2011, DeMaio was part of the 5-3 majority to put privatizing the city's landfill out to bid. Maybe he wouldn't be voting on contracts as mayor, but it certainly seems like his donors have already benefited from a politician who says he owes them.In that same 2007 campaign cycle, DeMaio pulled in nearly $10,000 in contributions from hotel executives. After that, DeMaio pushed to protect hotel developers from public oversight, even though at the debate he was declaring "I think open government is a principle that you do not violate for any reason; the ends never justify the means. What do you fear with public participation and public review and input? Why fear it?" In 2010, he voted for a lease agreement bailout with Bartell Hotels designed to head off bankruptcy. The Bartell family was good for more than $1,600 in contributions in 2007.