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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