Al wrote:Interesting. I am not all that up on the financing of local elections, is this in some way out of the norm? I am unclear what you are getting at.
Quandary: Why did 50% of the Individual Campaign Contributions of $200 or more (the bulk of the Campaign Money) come from Outside the 8th District- even though NONE of those Voters could vote for Bud Bernitt (Steve Smith included of Smith/Neubecker)?
think he is saying that someone who gets to play in the local power game relating to land development is tied financially to an alleged unsavory guy. He may even be implying that the tie is related to past services.
Defense grills Wells' accuser
Phone records conflict with Bud Bernitt's account
By Katy Murphy, Herald-Times Staff Writer
October 29, 2003
Wells' attorneys used the slides, as well as cellular phone records, Wednesday afternoon to demonstrate the crux of their case: that the degree of Bernitt's hatred for Wells, an environmentalist and a Democrat, prompted him to stalk and ultimately frame him.
The night of Wells' arrest, state trooper Stacy Brown was sent to investigate a complaint of drunken driving in downtown Bloomington by Sgt. J.D. Maxwell, a state police evidence technician and Republican candidate for sheriff who was off duty at the time. It was the tip from Bernitt to Maxwell that launched the investigation.
In an interview under oath given in late 2002, Maxwell said that he was awakened around 9 p.m. by a phone call from Bernitt. He said Bernitt told him he had seen Wells emerge, "drunk as a skunk," from the Crazy Horse bar and restaurant and urinate near the railroad tracks.
Bernitt testified Wednesday that he and his wife, Amy, were in their pickup truck in a nearby parking lot when they saw Wells, followed him in their truck, and later called Maxwell from their cellular phone. He said he pointed out Wells' parked car to Brown and waited for Wells to return to it.
Bernitt said he watched the situation from his truck. Once the arrest began, he said, he left his vehicle and came closer to get a better look.
According to Bernitt's cellular phone records, shown Wednesday on a transparency, Bernitt was on the phone with Steve Smith during Wells' arrest. Smith is the developer and engineer of a lakeshore construction project called Pedigo Bay that Wells strongly criticized and opposed. The conversation lasted 18 minutes.
The phone records also put a twist on Maxwell's and Bernitt's version of events. Although Maxwell said Bernitt called him at 9 p.m., the records showed that Bernitt only called Maxwell once — at 7:41 p.m. It was Maxwell who called Bernitt twice around 9 p.m.
Wells apparently did not leave the bar until 7:50 p.m.
When Colman asked Bernitt how his story could make sense in light of the phone records, Bernitt replied, "I don't see how it could possibly work with those time frames." He said he didn't remember what he did between the time he called Maxwell that night and the time Maxwell called him.
Growing increasingly red-faced, Bernitt rejected Colman's suggestion that he and his wife "were out looking for Scott Wells' car." He did not dispute the fact, however, that his wife knew what Wells' car looked like — or that she had placed an incriminating bumper sticker on it earlier that year.
Bernitt also said he didn't remember making cellular phone calls that night to Kevin Shiflet, Jeff Ellington, Richard Wells and Franklin Andrew, also Republicans and property rights activists.
clayfeat wrote:czyn wrote:Yep. I think the reason Steve Smith of the Engineering Firm Smith-Neubecker was the very first major campaign contributor to Bud Bernitt's Congress bid was simply business payback for done dirty deeds. Not for the Bernitt Realty salvation.
Or maybe he simply gave him 200 bucks because the candidate asked him for a donation.
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