2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason was right in her response to 2nd Ward resident Franz Paetzhold last night: we (the People) "don't know all the facts" concerning the $37,000 judgment against her 2009 and 2011 campaigns by the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).
However, we (the People) know how to read news articles which report facts. We (the People) know how to read a Consent Order and Final Decision. ELEC spent nearly a year examining the facts, before fining the Masons.
Must we (the People) spend a year examining the facts, too?
Is Mason saying she has a different set of facts, which should have led to a different outcome?
It seems simple enough. Was Beth Mason's 'bookkeeper' incredibly sloppy and/or incompetent or... was the delaying of financial reporting done on purpose. A source who believes the latter told GA:
late reporting is to hide where the moneys coming from. you don't want people to see whos giving the money and where its going. you wait until nobodys paying attention.Maybe those are the "facts" Mason is talking about? Tricks to obfuscate money flowing in and out of her campaign?
Those "facts"about why a City Councilwoman (with as many operatives and consultants as she has) would have botched her ELEC reporting to the tune of hundreds of late transactions... well those are "facts" we (the People) would like to hear!
The People are all ears.