Saturday, November 05, 2005

'Most' of developer's illegal money went to Duncan & county council

"Most of the money" a large Montgomery County developer illegally gave to state and local politicians "went to Montgomery County Council members and to the county executive and gubernatorial candidate, Douglas M. Duncan," the Washington Post reports.

"Both Duncan and the council have enormous influence over zoning and other land-use decisions," according to the Post.

"It's just another example of a development company contributing a significant amount of money to the campaign cofferes of candidates who influence land-use policy," said County Council member Phil Andrews (D).

Andrews is the only member of the County Council who does not accept contributions from developers.

County Council member Steve Silverman, whom the Post says "relies heavily on contributions from builders and developers," defends the developers in the article.

Silverman has been one of the principal advocates of the razing of Seven Locks Elementary School and replacing it with high-density subsidized housing.