Developer's gifts tainted the political process

January 08, 2013

Your article about a developer who secretly funneled money to a Baltimore County councilman's campaign is proof of the need to get money out of politics ("Builder admits illegal gifts," Jan. 4).

State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt got it right when he referred to the corrupting influence of the enormous sums of money spent on elections. The sad truth is that campaign contributions are really "legal bribes."

What's more, the financial interaction between Baltimore County Councilman Tom Quirk and land developer Steve Whalen speaks volumes about the way politicians operate.

Until we have politicians who are ethical we will never solve any of our community's problems.

Ralph Jaffe, Baltimore

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