I'm not being sarcastic. I really do have a question.
I was looking at the campaign contributions that ran as a separate column in this article about Chuck Rosenthal, and I was confused.
Now, I'm not a math enthusiast by any stretch of the imagination, but I added up the information provided about Kelly's finances:
$50,000.00 - loan from Sam Siegler
$34,575.00 - in contributions
- $23,686.00 - in expenses
$60,889.00 - remaining (the Chronicle listed 60,888, but maybe they aren't good at math either).
That all adds up.
But looking at Pat Lykos' stats, I'm confused. Please understand me, I am NOT trying to stir up anything or accuse anybody of anything. I'm just confused and would like for somebody to explain something to me.
$25,000.00 - donation from the Robert Eckels Committee (more on that in a minute).
$49,225.00 - in contributions.
$16,916.00 - in expenses
Now, here's where I'm confused. The Chronicle lists her as having $39,420 remaining.
I mean, I'm bad at math, but am I that bad at math?
So, I went back and thought maybe the $25 grand from the Eckels committee was factored in as part of the contributions. That got me a little bit closer, but now I was under what she had listed as a remainder. I came up with $32,309.00
What am I missing here?
And while I'm on the topic, what does it mean that she received a $25,000 donation from the "Robert Eckels Committee"?
Does that mean she got it from a group of people who wanted to give her money, led by Robert Eckels?
Or does it mean that a group of people donated money to Robert Eckels' campaign, and he turned around and gave it to Lykos?
If it is the former and not the latter, obviously there's nothing wrong with that.
But if it's the latter, what are the rules on that? I'm sure it's legal, but it seems that would rather suck on principle. If I were to work hard and donate my money to Robert Eckels for his campaign and he turned around and gave it to Pat Lykos, I'd be pretty pissed.
Especially if I was somebody who didn't support Lykos.
Surely I'm missing something here.
(NOTE: I'm really being sincere in trying to make it clear that I'm not making any type of allegations here. I literally have no idea how election law works. I would just like to know. If somebody can explain it to me [like Alan Bernstein, for example], I'll print a post explaining it.)