Sunday, February 24, 2008

Unchartered Territory

I've hit a point in my career where I am finding myself immersed in politics in a way I never anticipated. I have people who are potential future board members on other wastewater boards soliciting me for campaign contributions. These people could be my boss someday, depending upon where my career goes.

At first I was simply scared when I got the letter and contribution envelope. Then I was a little glad to have been included. Lastly I was puzzled as to how to react appropriately.

I decided to contribute.

It seems like a small amount for someone to continue in or enter into their political career. When I was in consulting, I made cookies for clients. This isn't terribly different, and a lot less time consuming than cookies.

Also, I decided it would look worse to send nothing than to send a small amount. Everyone knows I have young children, so no one seems to expect me to have too much money . . . yet.

Not sure the way it will work when I do get my first general manager job. Do I donate to each of my current board members' campaigns? Do I donate to candidates running for office in my district? How transparent is my donation and should each one be identical?

1 comment:

yertle said...

Wow, this is an interesting situation. I never thought about how interconnected everything gets as you go higher up. I imagine I would handle it similarly.