◼ Away We Go
...Earlier this week, we received a call from someone we know and respect, and who has had plenty of useful information and insight in the past. This person -- Source X -- wanted to pass along some information, but wanted to remain off the record. We said OK. And then, almost instantly, we regretted it.
The story Source X told was this:
A candidate in the upcoming local elections, one that Source X could be expected to oppose, had received a fairly large campaign donation. All well and good. But the purported donor -- Person Y -- was not the actual donor at all, according to Source X. In fact, it was Person Z who provided the money for the donation. Z used Y as a pass-through, Source X alleged, to obscure the origin of the funds and contravene campaign finance laws.
"How do you know this?" we asked Source X.
Source X replied that he knew someone who had seen Person Z's bank statements, which showed a check from Person Z to Person Y in the same amount as the donation.
This took us aback. When we recovered, we had more questions. Who saw Person Z's bank statements? How did this person have access to those documents? Theoretically speaking, how could we be expected to replicate this knowledge? Source X declined to elaborate further, and signed off by expressing faith in our investigative abilities....
Wow. So many questions... And so many MORE questions...