My phone rings. I awaken, glancing one bleary eye at the clock. 2:16 am. This can’t be good.
Me: “Who is this…?”
Long-time reader (voice disguiser app in use, sounds like Tom Hardy’s Bane): “You should check out Saif Rehman’s campaign finance report.”
Me: “The Board of Education candidate…what’s there? Isn’t he self-funding?”
LTR: “Not all of it. Find out who…and ask yourself…why?”
Me: “Hello? Hello!”
They were gone. I looked at my Caller ID. Blocked. I rang the operator and asked her for a trace on Klondike 345. I then remembered it wasn't 1948 and my phone number had seven digits.
So I did what one does when one receives such calls. I looked up his report.
I found three individual donors, each cutting checks for Rehman’s campaign in November 2017:
1) David Bates of Friendship, Maryland. $100. I checked the address…looked like a match for arch-conservative State Senator Gail Bates' residence. Must be her husband.
2) Tom Yeatts. $96.80. That name is the same as the Deputy CIO of Howard County Government, a former associate broker at The Kittleman Group. According to published news articles, he is County Executive Allan Kittleman’s brother-in-law
3) James Wass. $25. A person with an identical name in Riverdale, Maryland also cut a small check to Donald Trump for President (received on January 9, 2017).
Of course, within the bounds set by campaign finance laws, individuals are free to donate to the political campaigns of their choosing. And the Board of Education is “non-partisan” (although candidates possess ideologies and many affiliate with a political party). That said, why (as the caller asked) did those three particular individuals give to Rehman? What do they want? What are they expecting? And why did he loan himself the sizable sum of $28,000 for such a campaign? Is he trying to buy himself a seat on the Board of Education? If so, for what purpose? What is his agenda?
Perhaps this information is already known, perhaps not. Either way, I found these questions interesting on a quiet, post-forum Sunday.