The Glendale News-Press editorial ("The whole truth will shine through soon," Jan. 1) and many individual letters are asking how City Council members can claim not to have known that large amounts of their contributions were coming from businesses who were subcontracting with the developer Advanced Development & Investment Inc. As a former candidate for Glendale city clerk, I have a personal and unique perspective on fundraising in Glendale.
Let's look at the 2009 Glendale City Council member contributions Form 700. They received contributions from businesses, many of which were still Glendale-based, that are in the construction industry. These businesses are not subsidiaries or partners of ADI. However, many of these businesses have done business with ADI.
For a candidate to know that these firms subcontracted with ADI, they would have had to do a public records request on ADI projects, or any other capital improvement project in the city for that matter, in order to get a list of every person or company ADI employed or subcontracted on their projects. Then they would have had to cross-check the lists against lists of contributors.