Damn LIEs: Who is Winning the “Chevron Cup”?


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As political observers have predicted ever since the Supreme Court spat the Citizens United decision at us in 2010, late independent expenditures — yup, “LIEs” –are the things to watch in this race.  In AD-69, Julio Perez has been the beneficiary of about $102,891 in LIEs from Orange County Dignity PAC (Orange County Labor Federation and AFL-CIO), from  $44,798 in LIEs from OCEA, and is opposed by $13,641.00 in LIES from Californians Allied for Patient Protection Independent Expenditures Account, which is funded by doctors and health insurers.  Michele Martinez has been the beneficiary of … nothing.  (I’m not happy about having correctly predicted this months ago.  It’s shabby treatment of her by her “friends.”)

But when it came to LIEs, the story this year was supposed to be Tom Daly — who was not doing a lot of fundraising and who I and others were assured would be taken care of by an ample number of LIEs.  So how’s he doing?

This is just the past few days of late independent expenditures for Daly:

DATE NAME POSITION AMOUNT DESCRIPTION
05/16/2012 CALIFORNIA APARTMENT ASSOCIATION INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURE COMMITTEE SUPPORT $18,790.67 MASS MAIL
05/15/2012 JOBSPAC, A BI-PARTISAN COALITION OF CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS SUPPORT $8,880.35 MAILER
05/14/2012 JOBSPAC, A BI-PARTISAN COALITION OF CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS SUPPORT $9,522.98 MAILER
05/14/2012 JOBSPAC, A BI-PARTISAN COALITION OF CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS SUPPORT $12,137.20 SLATE MAILERS

Now, you know who Landlords are — and I’m sure that, like everyone else in the world, you love them.  JOBSPAC, despite the “bipartisan label,” has made late independent expeditures only for (and in one case against) Democrats in this cycle.  But who funds “JOBSPAC”? Let’s take a look!

AT&T INC. AND ITS AFFILIATES $30.000.00
NESTLE $15,000.00
ENTERPRISE HOLDINGS $5,000.00
ENTERPRISE HOLDINGS $5,000.00
ENTERPRISE HOLDINGS POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE $15,000.00
ENTERPRISE HOLDINGS $5,000.00
CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (CREPAC) $30,000.00
CALIFORNIA FARM BUREAU FUND TO PROTECT THE FAMILY FARM PAC $10,000.00
CALIFORNIA AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES PAC $30,000.00
CALIFORNIA CABLE & TELECOMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION NON-PROP 34 COMMITTEE $35,000.00
IBAPAC (INSURANCE BROKERS & AGENTS PAC) $30,000.00
PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC COMPANY $30,000.00
ANTHEM BLUE CROSS $30,000.00
CHEVRON CORPORATION $30,000.00
FARMERS EMPLOYEES & AGENTS POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE $30,000.00
EDISON INTERNATIONAL AND AFFILIATED ENTITIES $30,000.00
PHILIP MORRIS USA INC., BY ITS SERVICE COMPANY, ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES, INC. $30,000.00
ANTHEM BLUE CROSS $40,000.00
WESTERN MANUFACTURED HOUSING COMMUNITIES ASSN. ISSUES PAC $30,000.00
BLUE DIAMOND GROWERS $5,000.00
CHEVRON CORPORATION $375,000.00
AT&T INC. AND ITS AFFILIATES $2,500.00
ANHEUSER-BUSCH COMPANIES, INC. $25,000.00
SAFEWAY, INC. $30,000.00
CHECK INTO CASH CALIFORNIA, INC. $2,500.00
AXCESS FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. $2,500.00
QC HOLDINGS, INC. $2,500.00
ADVANCE AMERICA $2,500.00
PHILIP MORRIS USA INC., BY ITS SERVICE COMPANY, ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES, INC. $50,000.00
CALIFORNIA AMERICAN WATER $6,500.00
3M COMPANY $5,000.00
CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURE COMMITTEE (CREIEC) $15,000.00

I’ve put the top four donors in different colors to help you notice them: Chevron (oil), $375,000; Philip Morris (tobacco), $80,000; Anthem Blue Cross (health insurers), $70,000; CREIEC (real estate) ($45,000).  Do you get the sense that there’s a clubhouse somewhere where corporations meet and Chevron says “ok, we and Philip Morris and Blue Cross are going to put together this PAC for independent expenditures, and we want all of youse guys to kick in $30,000 smackers a piece — from you small fry we only need $2500)”?  I do.  So that’s JOBSPAC, one of Tom Daly’s biggest supporters.

That’s really a lot of money!  How much do Chevron & Co. care about Tom Daly?  Let’s see who wins the coveted Chevron Cup — a name that admittedly I just made up, but that seems to have a chance of sticking! JOBSPAC is only making LIEs in five races this year.  Who gets the most?  Can Daly prevail?  Here’s all of JOBSPAC’s LIEs — again, “late independent expenditures” — for this cycle:

SUPPORTING ADAM GRAY in
STATE SENATE DISTRICT 21: $80,904.00

$15,468.00 + $4,000.00 + $5,000.00 + $5,000.00 + $15,468.00 + $1,000.00 + $19,500.00 + $15,468.00

SUPPORTING SUSAN EGGMAN in
STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 13: $32,518.57

$15,598.04 + $2,905.96 + $6,514.57 + $5,000.00 + $2,500.00

OPPOSING XOCHITL RAYA PADERES in STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 13: $49,684.02

$17,336.44 + $18,333.02 + $2,500.00 + $5,000.00 + $6,514.56

SUPPORTING TOM CALDERON in STATE ASSEMBLY
DISTRICT 58: $13.113.96

$1,500.00 + $1,500.00 + $10,113.96

SUPPORTING TOM DALY in STATE ASSEMBLY
DISTRICT 69: $279,323.30

$5,230.03 + $8,880.35 + $12,137.20 + $9,522.98 + $7,094.09 + $14,122.35 + $12,758.05 + $14,888.56 + $34,000.00 + $3,732.85 + $5,014.33 + $34,910.31 + $10,000.00 + $5,000.00 + $10,000.00 + $10,000.00 + $2,683.00 + $51,000.00 + $1,849.20 + $25,000.00 + $1,500.00.

Wow!  Setting the story out in Chevron blue and red, we can say:

 

Tom Daly's face with Chevron logo superimposed

What's red, white, and blue?

TOM DALY WINS!!!

 

 

TOM DALY WINS THE CHEVRON CUP!!!

TOM DALY IS LIKE TIGER WOODS IN 2000-2002!

HE HAS LAPPED THE FIELD!

$279,323 vs. $176,221 FOR EVERYONE ELSE!

WHAT AN AMAZING PERFORMANCE!

Yes, Tom Daly is the recipient of almost three times the amount of late independent expenditures as Julio Perez — and that is a whole lot of LIEs!

This means that Julio is the Democrat that Chevron, Philip Morris, Anthem Blue Cross, and their twisted brethren most want to see NOT IN THE LEGISLATURE next year.  Can you think of a better compliment than that?

So, Tom Daly is likely to win the primary — but there won’t be this sort of discrepancy in the general election; PACs like this have too many fish to fry, and news like this is going to alienate Democrats something fierce.  It will be Daly as #1 and Perez as #2 in June — but I’m predicting the opposite order in November.


About Greg Diamond

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Runs for office sometimes, so far to offer a challenge to someone nasty who would otherwise have run unopposed. Someday he might pick a fight intending to win it rather than just to dent someone. You'll know it when you see it. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. A family member works part-time as a campaign treasurer. He doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he hated. He does advise some local campaigns informally and generally without compensation. If that changes, he will declare the interest. He also runs a less frequently published blog called "The Brean," for his chosen hometown, where he is now fighting with its wealthiest and most avaricious citizen-donors. This just seems to be his way.