Buying a Job?
Sure sounds like "pay to play." Or "pay to keep your job."
- The Democratic candidate for Cook County state's attorney defended her practice of accepting campaign cash from employees within the office, saying Wednesday that it should not reflect on her ability to make tough calls if elected.
Anita Alvarez, who currently holds the number three post in the prosecutor's office, was ripped by Republican opponent Tony Peraica, who questioned the ethics of her decision to accept donations from subordinates.
Alvarez characterized the donations as small gifts from "friends" who wanted to express their support.
If we aren't mistaken (and in this case we're not), Daley's people used to have to kick in money for his birthday present. We think it was the Tribune that exposed this and the practice suddenly ceased. The story was that the "donation" was passed onto some of Daley's charities in his name, but tenor of the reporting made it seem that this was a pretty weak excuse for open and notorious graft.