If political scientist Thomas Ferguson’s investment theory of party competition could be reduced to a quotation, it might be the following:
“The real market for political parties is defined by major investors, who generally have good and clear reason for investing…”
With the Feb. 24th election looming, we decided to peruse the financial statements and quarterly filings of the incumbent aldermen in the 28th, 29th and 37th Wards and some of their key challengers.
Due to resource, time and space constraints, we’ve only listed donors who have given the most money to aldermanic campaigns within the last twelve months. The listing should not be considered exhaustive or complete; only encouragement for the reader to dig into the disclosures, which are free and available to the public, herself.