Campaign spending: Anan wanted it more

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Anan Abu-Taleb was a serious candidate for Oak Park village president — and he spent money accordingly. Good for him.

In a story we reported on OakPark.com Friday and which we expand in print today, Abu-Taleb raised $72,000 for his campaign, including $23,000 of his own money. That about tripled the $21,000 raised by the competing VMA-backed group.

Now before you decry the loss of Oak Park's electoral innocence, be informed that a few election cycles back, the VMA raised and spent a similar amount. And not long before that, an independent campaign working against the VMA stunned villagers with its $70,000 haul, a chunk of it from unions representing village employees.

Abu-Taleb was unknown as a political person, running against an entrenched foe, and clearly wanted to win. So between himself and, largely, friends and family, he raised a mighty war chest and spent it effectively.

We've got no quibble.

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Mr. Borderman from Oak Park   

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 7:49 AM

Ah, but now that AAT has what he wants, what's he going to do with it? We await his first move (after getting the liquor laws changed to benefit himself) with bated breath.

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