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Gidney N Cloyd

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IL. Gov. Rauner campaign used gift cards to help get out vote

http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150723/NEWS/150729756
Gov. Bruce Rauner's campaign handed out thousands of dollars in gift cards to people who helped get supporters to the polls during the November election, prompting questions about transparency and whether recipients should be considered volunteers or campaign staff.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the campaign says it bought 5,145 Visa prepaid gift cards in denominations of $25, $50 and $75. The gift cards weren't mentioned in campaign finance reports filed with the state until July 13, when the Republican's political committee noted that it received $54,713 in April and May through "liquidation of previously purchased asset redemption of gift cards." The campaign hasn't disclosed who got the cards or whether anyone received cards totaling $150 or more the level at which Illinois campaign finance laws requires that compensation to workers be reported.

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Sarah Clamp, spokeswoman for Rauner's campaign, said the campaign reported the gift cards correctly. "The campaign is only responsible for reporting when the campaign makes an expenditure and did this by reporting the purchase of gift cards," she said.

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His campaign said it considered the gift cards property and that transferring them to workers didn't need to be reported. Larry Noble, a former general counsel for the Federal Election Commission, said debit cards are "as good as cash," and the campaign should have reported which workers got the cards. While campaigns often reward volunteers with pizza or coffee, Noble said giving gift cards "definitely is odd."


Rauner is like having Scott Walker and the Koch brothers rolled into one person.
Posted by Gidney N Cloyd | Sat Jul 25, 2015, 03:05 PM (7 replies)

Anyone familiar with shorter crank arms to help with limited knee range of movement?

I'd really like to get back into biking but since my last knee operation I'm left with a knee flexion of maybe 90 degrees on a real good day. I'd rather retrofit my Trek 7300 if such parts exist but when I asked at my local bike shop a couple years ago they looked at me like I was from Mars (which I ought to be used to by now, wherever I go...).

I've stumbled across a couple of more technical articles on the web about benefits of different lengths, which tell me that such a mod must be possible, but little information along the lines of "I made this change for my bad knee, it helps a lot, and this is where I got the parts."
So if anyone here has any advice I'd love to hear it.

Thanks!
GNC
Posted by Gidney N Cloyd | Fri Jul 10, 2015, 01:47 PM (5 replies)
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