Axis Philly has launched a neat new tool that lets you see all the campaign contributions for City Council and who the donors were.
To be clear, in its story announcing the tool, the public-interest news website didn’t single out Councilmen Mark Squilla (1st District, east of Broad) and Kenyatta Johnson (2nd District, west of Broad). That’s probably a good sign.
But you can still find some interesting information about them by sorting by year to see where the biggest donations came from in the city, state and country. For instance, a big cluster of Squilla donations in 2011 came from Solebury, Bucks County, and Whitpain Township, Montgomery County. Click on those towns and you see that the donors there are mostly from the Vaccaro family.
Search Frank Vaccaro, and you find Frank Vaccaro Associates, a company that specializes in ”collectively-bargained Benefit Trust Funds. Clients include various member unions in Building and Construction Trades, Graphic Arts, Communications, Printing and Publishing Industries, Service Employees, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, United Food and Commercial Workers, United Paperworkers International Union and the International Brotherhood of Firemen & Oilers National Pension and Welfare Funds.”
In case you didn’t know, unions are kind of a big deal in this town…