We were told one town board candidate asked an organizer of an upcoming debate in Springs for a list of the questions she would be asked – in advance. Apparently, this practice is fairly commonplace. The CCOM has long been suspected of packing the audience with people who ask loaded questions. The League of Women Voters approve questions to be asked in advance, or at least they did when they asked our editor to be a moderator years back. We said no, we'll ask our own questions, thank you. Our elected officials need to act in real time – there is no time for rehearsals. Keep that in mind when choosing which candidates to vote for.
Illegal Campaign Contributions
Last week the East Hampton Republican Committee accused the East Hampton Conservators, a political action group, of illegally buying ads for local Democratic Party candidates. During the summer, the Democrats accused Republican Dominick Stanzione of not disclosing the source of revenue used to but political ads. The Office of Congressional Ethics reported Congressman Tim Bishop changed the dates of the name and donor of a $5000 contribution. And Linda Kabot has accused Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst of misfiling several times.
What do all of these incidents have in common? Nothing – meaning the Board of Elections has done nothing about any of them. In fact, over the years we can't recall the BOE ever doing anything about these kinds of accusations.
We have no way of knowing if violations did occur, but we know one thing – it's easy to accuse anyone of anything. What's for sure is that as long as the BOE sits on its hands, these perceived violations will occur more and more frequently, as will accusations of wrongdoing, even if they have no foundation in fact. If the BOE isn't going to enforce its own regulations, what is the point of having them?