By Jerry Zremski
WASHINGTON -- "Follow the money" is a longtime axiom in political journalism -- and believe it or not, doing so in a race for a Tompkins County Legislature seat might well offer some insights into what a hot contest we can expect next year betweeen Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, and Democrat Martha Robertson.
The money trail ends with the Tompkins County Republican Committee spending $23,431, with much of it apparently going to boost Republican Amy Scott Foster's failed attempt to unseat Robertson from her seat in the County Legislature.
That's an unusual amount of money for a county committee to spend on one legislative race, but what's even more unusual is the apparent money trail leading to that expenditure.
The trail starts, it seems, with the New York Republican Federal Campaign Committee receiving $23,000 in contributions from "other committees" this year. Some $18,000 of it came from Tom Reed for Congress, while the other $5,000 came from the AECOM US Federal PAC, a political committee affiliated with AECOM, a company that provides professional technical and management support services