Letter: Shouldn’t contributors in campaign spending violations be punished, too?

Letter to the Editor

My compliments to Barbara Wong and the Campaign Spending Commission staff for their professional work in the John Henry Felix campaign spending violation case. With an important and contentious election season commencing, it is gratifying to know that they are “watching the store,” especially if there are any others out there who may be thinking of ways to circumvent campaign spending rules.

One aspect of the enforcement process does bother me, however. The candidate receiving the illegal contributions is sanctioned, but the contributors usually are not. Aren’t both sides part of the same equation?

I apologize, but I can’t help thinking that not sanctioning both contradicts the City’s current push to cite the “johns” along with the prostitutes.

Chuck Prentiss,