After we reported that the largest source of cash receipts for Friends of Charter of Cecil County came from aiding the County’s Department of Economic Development as it conducted BRAC bus tours, lots of additional questions were posited by readers. Some of those are important queries so as a follow-up on the breaking news piece we phoned the Director of Economic Development to get comments. Vernon Thompson wasn’t available last week when we called so we’d hoped to hear from him today, but we’re still waiting. As soon as the director contacts us and we have a chance to ask additional questions about the matter, we’ll update the blog. Others contacts have already provided data on the follow-up requests so once we get the last interview we’ll have an update.
Another insightful element will be the detailed financial report from the group seeking to sway citizens on one of the most important political questions they’ll consider. It is due October 8, according to the Maryland Dept. of Elections. That formal filing provides more detailed information about fundraising, which helps produce a clearer picture of how the state registered special influence committee raised its fund to underwrite the media campaign. We quickly want to remind readers the political group has been responsive to questions thus far, providing summary financial data. This state-mandated report simply provides a bigger lens with greater detail. These financial reports, for any campaign, are important for understanding the influences so this document has interest, regardless of the fundraising issue. Still it will provide another element considering the surprising twist this original news story took.