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Letter To My Friends & Supporters

Posted 03/08/15


Dear Friends & Supporters,

                Most of you are aware of the immense battles that I have waged with Adams County Officials in my quest to bring truth, transparency and justice to our quaint county. I have fought long and hard to attain tax fairness and helped to give each of you the tools to fight your assessed property values after a horrid, county-wide reassessment through my politically incorrect (yet, brutally honest) website, www.spreadthemustard.com. The struggle commenced in 2010 and after devoting thousands of hours of research into county affairs, tax law, and assessment data. It is my opinion, that our County of Adams practices a complex, sophisticated, and extensive scheme of real property tax assessment tactics that is unfair and unlawful, depending on what real property you possess. The Pennsylvania Constitution requires that all of us be taxed equally and a Pennsylvania Statute requires that a strict construction of the law be applied (regarding taxation) to each and every real property owner.

                After failing to correct the issues through litigation, I have decided that I must run for office to bring about the changes that need to take place, to bring tax fairness to each and every  real property owner in Adams County. The Judicial system summarily dismissed my litigation due to improper filings and lack of standing. I filed pro se (without legal counsel) and was certain to make amateurish pleadings as it was my first foray into the legal arena. As for the lack of standing, the Court ruled that I was not harmed more than anybody else, so I lacked standing. That is akin to saying that if I suffered a black eye due to a government agent, I was not harmed by that government agent, as long as everyone else in my class, also suffered a black eye. It is important to note that the Court never rejected nor disputed, the reams of evidence, exhibits, and/or legal arguments, in my filings.  

                The Supreme Court has ruled that the size of the affected interest is not important ‐ in fact, "an identifiable trifle is enough for standing".  The Court went on to give further support to diffuse interests by declaring that "to deny standing to persons who are in fact injured simply because many others are also injured, would mean that the most injurious and widespread government actions could be questioned by nobody". You need to read that last sentence again and consider the ramifications.  

                To have the best chance to be successful, I need your help. As you can presume, those with the deepest pockets, get the most exposure, and are most likely to have the best chance of success.  

                Campaign Law does NOT require me to form a PAC (Political Action Committee) in order to run for office, and I do not intend to do so. Campaign Law allows me to use a personal account to accept contributions and make payments for expenditures. I have set up a separate personal account to make it easy to track such activity. IF, I receive more than $250 in contributions or incur more than $250 in expenditures in any reporting period, I must file a Campaign Finance Report for the period in which I did so. On March 6, 2015, I signed a waiver saying I do not anticipate meeting the $250 threshold, because at that time I had not incurred any. However, I do expect to exceed $250 in expenditures at least one time, so I will need to file a report for at least that period. As of signing the waiver on March 6, 2015, I had not received anything in contributions, primarily because you (my supporters) did not know how or where to send those contributions. Essentially, by signing the waiver, I only have to file Campaign Finance Reports for those reporting periods I exceed $250 in contributions and/or expenditures. 

                I have never asked anything of my readers and/or supporters other than to keep an open mind and make your own educated and informed decisions on the facts that I presented you, and I tried very hard to make sure I had convincing evidentiary exhibits to present, to inform you properly. 

                I am not the typical political candidate and never will be, as my soul (and/or vote) is not for sale.  It is difficult to ask you for anything, as I've come this far mostly as a lone wolf. I never wanted to drag anyone else through this ugly ordeal of presenting the truth, as it had to be told. I never wanted to subject anyone else to the aggravation and emotional trauma of being rejected and demonized. I took all the burden of being cast as a "rabble-rouser" upon my shoulders, for the benefit of all Adams Countians. Now comes the hard part as I am humbling myself to ask you to make a contribution to my cause, to bring about change in Adams County. 

                I will keep track of every contribution (of any denomination) sent to me, and am legally required to report on my Campaign Finance Report, any donation of $50.01 or more. Any period that I receive in excess of $250 in contributions, or incur more than $250 in expenditures, I am required by law to file a Campaign Report which I fully intend to do. As of this writing (3/8/15), I have not met, or exceeded, that limit in any fashion. 

                For contributions:

  1. (over) $250 - I must report on my Campaign Finance Report the full name, mailing address, occupation and name of employer (if any), or the principal place of business (if self-employed), of each person who has made one or more contributions to me in any reporting period that meet or exceed this total, together with the amount and date of such contributions. The accuracy of information furnished to the candidate shall be the responsibility of the contributor.

2. (over) $50 - I must report on my Campaign Finance Report the full name, mailing address of each person who has made one or more contributions to the candidate within the reporting period that meet or exceed this total, together with the amount and date of said contributions.


3.  (over) $10 - I must record the names and addresses of the contributors, but they will not be listed individually on the Campaign Finance Report. These contributions will be tallied as the total sum of individual contributions made to the candidate during a reporting period that are not reported under clauses (1) and (2) above. 

So, using the information provided above, please consider the amount you would like to contribute and you may send those contribution(s) to: 

Bruce Hollinger

1 Birch Trail

Fairfield, Pa. 17320-9322


Thank You for Your Support!




Bruce Hollinger

Candidate for Adams County Commissioner



Posted 3/1/15


Spent the weekend doing some politicking....getting out and meeting folks, gathering signatures for my Nomination Petition. I found it to be very enjoyable talking with the folks who all were very approachable and kind. I kind of liked it and look forward to doing more of it. They seemed very receptive of me and wanting to know more. I am also very flattered that some Dems have even vowed to change parties to be able to vote for me. Now, THAT'S dedication! Just a reminder to Dems, that you can still write me in on your ticket in the Primary, if you'd like.


At the "State of the County" meeting, I asked two, $10 million dollar questions. First I wanted to know what happened to the approximately $10 million dollars we received from the sale of the nursing home, and secondly I wanted to know how much we actually exercised of the $10 million dollar line of credit we received. The County Manager informed me that we still have approximately $6.1 million in the General Fund from the sale of the nursing home and have exercised roughly $2 million against the line of credit. For those keeping score, that's a negative $4 million from the nursing home funds and a negative $2 million against the line of credit, across three years. That's a total of being $6 million down across three years of budgets. That sounds to me like there's a hole in the budget to the tune of approximately $2 million/year. That's not including the 10% tax increase across those same three years. And, they want us to believe, they've done a good job with the budgets?


One of my readers submitted the following information. Adams County became a 5th Class County after the 2010 census. It was then, we were required by law to have a Controller. Since we added a Controller, we kept the Finance Department intact, as well. Through Right To Know Requests, this reader determined that Adams County has the highest cost, per county resident, to run its Finance Department(s), of all 5th Class Counties. Two of the 5th Class Counties do not have Finance Offices because they've consolidated them under the Controller. According to my reader's submission, Adams spends four times the amount Blair County does, and two times as much as Lebanon and NorthCumberland does on is Finance Offices, per resident. The County should be the ones doing this type of analysis, not average citizens. Hello! Anyone home?


Elect Bruce Hollinger, For County Commissioner

Posted 2/15/15


After years of inquiries, investigation, pleading, and subjecting officials to humor & satire meant to influence them into doing what is right, I concede that it is unlikely they will do what they should do. With that in mind, I have decided to run for office and try to change things from within. Even if I'm successful winning a spot on the Board of Commissioners, I alone, cannot change it all. I will need a willing partner to listen to all the evidence and accept the truth and have the guts to act with me. One vote will not get it done, however, having the chance to get it all on record, is promising.


Do not underestimate my resolve in facing all the issues the County will face in the coming years. I will pore my soul into doing what is right for the county as a whole. Not a small segment of our society, but the entire population.


This site will remain as the not-so-politically-correct site and my new politically correct, election website, will be http://www.electhollinger.com. I need your support to help change the face of Adams County Government. Consider the incumbents were swept into office due to a horrific reassessment and the fact that they have done NOTHING to correct the issue other than to pass an unconstitutional Ordinance to try to "kick the can down the road". Also, they've passed a New Clean & Green Policy that worsens this issue, while financially benefiting one of the sitting Commissioners. Can you say..."conflict of interest"? Also consider that the incumbents increased taxes two times since being in office, to a sum of 10% across three years. How many of you got a raise of 10% over the last three years?


I promise to stand for the common man & woman, not just the rich & powerful. I will weigh the issues as they affect us all, not just a few. The time is now, for change in Adams County! Never, will there be a better chance to change how the local government acts and responds to its constituents. Please keep in mind these important dates:

  • May 19, 2015 - Primary

  • November 3, 2015 - General Election

It is VERY important to get out and vote on these days! For those of you not registered yet, here is the link to get the Voters Registration Form. You MUST be registered 30 days before the election, to be eligible to vote.


Strategy: You will be able to vote for TWO candidates for Commissioner; If there is ONE candidate that appeals to you, that you absolutely want to be elected, than vote only "Once" for that individual. The second vote you cast could put that other candidate in front of your preferable candidate. If you are a Democrat and are voting in the Primary, but a Republican appeals to you, you may "write in" that Republican on your Democratic ticket (or, vice-versa). Otherwise, Republicans will only see the "Republican" candidates and Democrats will only see the "Democratic" candidates on their tickets, in the Primary. I came up with this strategy by watching the video found here. How can it possibly go wrong?  (lol)


Sidenote: If I happen to win a seat on the Board, it certainly proves to be an interesting four years.  :-)


EDIT 2/17/17 - Just learned of Former Commissioner Harry Stokes throwing his hat into the ring for a seat on the Board of Commissioners. Welcome aboard, Mr. Stokes! It seems there's a lot of displeasure with the direction of the county; more than the current Board is willing to admit. I'm secretly hoping you are a Democrat, as we need someone to challenge that side of the ticket.

Inside the Courthouse

The letter(s) displayed below are from Mr. Dave Sprankle Jr, who was MIS Director for Adams County for 14+ years. He has decided to share his thoughts and experiences with all Adams County residents.

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Does the Punishment Fit the Crime?
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Rumor: Word has it that County Employees are not allowed to view this website at the Courthouse, or at home. Sounds like a Nazi is in charge at the Courthouse.


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