A campaign mailer that arrived in local mailboxes over the weekend links Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash with the "liberal views" of Barack Obama, complete with a sepia-toned photo illustration of the McClash next to the president.
A disclaimer says the mailer, which slams McClash for positions taken by his online newspaper, the Bradenton Times, is a "Paid Electioneering Communication paid for by Take Back Our Government.," without say what or who that exactly is.
A few keystrokes on the Internet reveals some answers.
The Florida Division of Elections lists Take Back Our Government, which has mailed out several anti-McClash advertisements, as a Sarasota-based "electioneering campaign organization" chaired by Robert Waechter, a member of the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority.
Between May 29 and July 20, Take Back Our Government spent a total of $17,869.48 of the $27,000 in contributions it has received from a single donor -- Florida West Coast Holdings, LLC, with a listed address of 2212 58th Ave. E., Bradenton.
That address is shared by several development companies, including Medallion Home, whose president, Carlos Beruff, is a frequent campaign contributor and who alongside Waechhter, sits on the airport board.
Other firms that use the same address have donated a total of at least $19,500 to the campaign of McClash's opponent in the Aug. 14 Republican primary, Betsy Benac. That amounts to about 12 percent of the more than $78,000 she had raised as of July 20, according to reports filed with Manatee County elections office.