Appearance of Impropriety

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Another day, another fishy relationship between campaign cash and lucrative favors. This time, it's a Suffolk, New York father giving $1.4 million in business contracts to his son's campaign donors. Sure the son, county legislator Daniel Losquardo, claims nothing untoward was going on, but as Newsday writes, in advocating public financing of campaigns as the solution to these issues: "Losquadro's situation is a textbook example of how contributions can look venal, whether they are or not."