Weekend Open Thread: Dave Gilliard’s Dirty Money is Polluting a Race Near You

Dave Gilliard‘s California Homeowners Association funnels dark money into local races. Let’s turn on the lights.

Republican “strategist” Dave Gilliard’s client list includes Janet Nguyen, Sherriff Sandra Hutchens, Pat Bates, and other local luminaries.  But what makes Dave special is his talent for obscuring the money sources of ugly attack ads.  One of the vehicles Dave uses for political money laundering is the California Homeowners Association (CAHOA).   CAHOA has long been involved with Irvine, for example. Scott Moxley reported how CAHOA supported Larry Agran and arranged funding for Katherine Daigle in 2012.

This year is different. See if you can spot the patterns in CAHOA’s activity this year. Here’s a hint: three of the largest known contributors to CAHOA are the lobbying firm associated with Lennar’s Great Park developments, Poseidon, and the San Manuel Band of Indians.

Race support oppose amount
Anaheim, Council Gail Eastman $35,000
Anaheim, Council Kris Murray $16,000
Brea, City Council Cecilia Hupp $6,500
Brea, City Council Marc Harris $2,100
Brea, City Council Steve Vargas $8,400
Brea, Mayor Brett Murdock $16,500
Irvine City Council Ann Gaido $14,750
Irvine City Council Melissa Fox $28,500
Irvine City Council Larry Agran $26,000
Irvine, City Council  Choi, Lalloway, Schott $48,000
Irvine, School Board Ira Glasky $12,000
OC Water District Stephen Sheldon $3,000
OC Water District Shawn Dewayne $21,000
Redlands City Council Neil Derry $20,000
San Bernardino, Mayor Chas Kelly $6,000
State Assembly District 21 Adam Gray $42,800
State Assembly District 44 Jacqui Irwin $32,500
State Assembly District 44 Mario De La Peidra $12,100
State Assembly District 44 Rob McCoy $14,200

 

Lennar is spending to keep the Great Park in politically friendly hands. That includes Ira Glassky – – there is a simmering fight over the “fifth” high school.  Poseidon clearly wants to keep a grip on the OC Water District.  The San Manuel Indians presumably care about the city councils around their casino. And Anaheim and Brea? 

Here is the list of known contributors to CAHOA this year. See who you recognize, and then head over to Greg’s post for an explanation of Gilliard’s meddling in Brea.  Also: can you figure out which contributor has a $50,000 grudge against Anaheim’s Gail Eastman and Kris Murray?
NAME OF CONTRIBUTOR CITY EMPLOYER
FRIENDS OF GREAT PARK PAC SACRAMENTO 65000
POSEIDON RESOURCES(SURFSIDE) LLC BOSTON 24900
REGGIE KING RANCHO CUCAMONGA YOUNG HOMES 20000
COMPETITIVE POWER VENTURES INC. SILVER SPRING 15000
DWIGHT MANLEY BREA MIMCO 10500
SKY & SEA CORP COMPTON 9000
OCPAC (FEDERAL PAC) WILLOWS 5000
VANESSA M. RAMOS HIGHLAND VANESSA RAMOS – SELF EMPLOYED 5000
THERESA RAMOS HIGHLAND THERESA RAMOS – SELF EMPLOYED 5000
SMITH LIVING TRUST DTD 7-15-82 NEWPORT BEACH 5000
BENGARD FAMILY TRUST SAN CLEMENTE 5000
POSEIDON RESOURCES(SURFSIDE) LLC BOSTON 5000
ALAINA MATHEWS HIGHLAND SAN MANUEL BAND OF MISSION INDIANS 5000
SCOTIA ALVES CAMARILLO SCOSCHE INDUSTRIES 4000
RCI BUILDERS INC. THOUSAND OAKS 3000
PETER C. FOY & ASSOCIATES INSURANCE SERVICES INC. WOODLAND HILLS 2500
PREMEDIA INC. VAN NUYS 2500
SHANNON GROVE FOR ASSEMBLY 2014 BAKERSFIELD 2500
DENNIS WEINBERG CAMARILLO SKYVIEW DEVELOPMENT LLC 2000
MCV INVESTMENTS HUNTINGTON BEACH 1500
MICHAEL A. HEFNER ANAHEIM VOIT REAL ESTATE SERVICES 1500
THERESA RAMOS HIGHLAND N.A. 1000
DESIREE RAMOS HIGHLAND N.A. 1000
KENNETH R. RAMIREZ REDLANDS KENNETH RAMIREZ 1000
JAMES R. RAMOS HIGHLAND N.A. 1000
ROBERT CHAGOLLA CONSTRUCTION YUCAIPA 1000
VANESSA M. RAMOS HIGHLAND VANESSA RAMOS – SELF EMPLOYED 1000
JERRY KOLB BREA N.A. 500
TAXPAYERS FOR ETHICAL GOVERNMENT ELK GROVE 250
RICHARD GIOVANELLO IRVINE 250
ALAINA MATHEWS HIGHLAND SAN MANUEL BAND OF MISSION INDIANS 250
LAURENA A. TAMAYO HIGHLAND SAN MANUEL BAND OF MISSION INDIANS 200
LAURA MORALES COLTON LEAGUE OF CA CITIES 100
DAVID C. JIMENEZ CALIMESA SAN MANUAL BAND OF MISSION INDIANS 100
Due to its importance, this item has been repurposed to become your Weekend Open Thread.  Talk about that, or anything else you’d like, within reasonable bounds of discretion and decorum.  And remember: the deadline to request absentee ballots is Tuesday, Oct. 28!  But ideally, don’t wait until then!


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