Hey, Look at Yesterday’s Late Independent Expenditures by the DPOC!

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VOTE FOR ME! VOTE FOR MEEEEEEE!!!

VOTE FOR ME! VOTE FOR MEEEEEEE!!!

From Scott Lay’s The Nooner dated today:

Democratic Party Of Orange County John Macmurray (Support) $201 11/03/2016 11/04/2016
Democratic Party Of Orange County Sharon Quirk-silva (Support) $453 11/03/2016 11/04/2016
Democratic Party Of Orange County Cecilia Iglesias (Oppose) $5,021 11/03/2016 11/04/2016
Democratic Party Of Orange County Angie Cano (Oppose) $5,021 11/03/2016 11/04/2016
Democratic Party Of Orange County Rose Espinoza (Support) $201 11/03/2016 11/04/2016
Democratic Party Of Orange County Andrew Do (Oppose) $5,220 11/03/2016 11/04/2016
Democratic Party Of Orange County Gregg Fritchle (Support) $303 11/03/2016 11/04/2016
Democratic Party Of Orange County Leonard Lahtinen (Support) $453 11/03/2016 11/04/2016
Democratic Party Of Orange County Jose Solorio (Support) $11,000 11/03/2016 11/04/2016
Democratic Party Of Orange County Josh Newman (Support) $303 11/03/2016 11/04/2016
Democratic Party Of Orange County Jess Badillo (Support) $201 11/03/2016 11/04/2016

Wow, just look!  So proud of my party for supporting John [sic] MacMurray, a nice guy even though his wife Ida MacMurray is the one running for La Habra City Council!  And we’re also supporting La Habra City Council candidates Rose Espinoza and Jess Badillo, cool!  And Sharon Quirk Silva and Josh Newman and even Gregg Fritchle — how nice for us in the frozen North!  And Len Lahtinen — not my personal cup of tea, but at least he’s not Steve Lodge!  So these seven candidates got a total of … just a sec … a total of $2,115 all combined!  Not much, but of course we’re not made out of money, ya know!

I think I missed a few,  Who’d I miss?

Oh — $5,220 to oppose Andrew Do, running for a full term for Supervisor against Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez.  So its basically a contribution for Martinez.  Well, OK, even though I’m not happy with what I read in the Voice of OC article about her.  And, um, $5,021 apiece to oppose Cecilia Iglesias and Angie Cano, respectively on and running for the Santa Ana Unified School Board.  So basically a contribution to Rigo Rodriguez, Alfonzo Alvarez, and Mark McLoughlin.  Well, I do like them, even though the candidate I like more wasn’t endorsed.

Let’s see … it’s … it’s … $11,000 for unctuous carpetbagger Santa Ana City Council candidate Jose Solorio.

 

And, uh, that’s $26,262 for the, uh, Santa Ana, uh, candi — cand — … $11,000 …

[twitch]

WHAT THE HELL, DPOC?

Nah, just kiddin’ around!  [twitch]

What pretty clearly happened — and if it’s not this then heads should roll down Chapman Ave. in Orange — is that someone who maxed out to these big-money candidates’ campaigns just decided to use the DPOC as a “bypass pipeline” to get some money into their campaigns.  And they specified who would get the money — which I’m told they can do if it’s a “member-to-member communication” (material sent to party members), although if that’s not true then it’s strictly illegal.  (Hope it’s true!)

This was one of the first things that I talked about during this four-year term for the DPOC members: that we should not let the DPOC exist as a mere pipeline for big donors to evade campaign finance laws.  I’m not saying that it should never happen, under current law, so long as it’s legal — but that members should have some say about whether we want our reputation to be established as a group that happily channels $11,000 to Jose Solorio over three very good alternative candidates.  Endorsing him?  Well, I couldn’t stop that, despite trying.  But making him into the fucking face of the party like this?  That’s just bad for Democrats all over the County, because he will hang around our neck like an albatross.  THIS is why Hillary Clinton can’t break away from the giant elephantiasis worm Donald Trump for President, because our party branding involves continually choosing a fangtooth fish as its local mascot.

If I were chair of the DPOC and someone came to me with a contribution — the small “overhead” (or “handling fee”) on which allows the DPOC to give out that $2,115 to seven different candidates — do you what I’d do?  I’d say: “It’s also legal for you to engage in an independent expenditure, so why don’t you do that and leave our reputation out of it.  Those seven candidates will have to do without their $303 each.  It’ll be easier to raise money for them if people can’t call us the Solorio Party.”

Yes, this would be less efficient for the Jose Solorio campaign and whatever fundraiser takes a cut out of the money he raises — but we could hold our head considerably higher as Democrats.

But maybe that’s not what the Money Democrats in this party want!  They want the bypass pipe.  They want to help the Solorio Party, even if it’s at the expense of the rest of us.


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Corrupt party hacks hate him. He's OK with that too. He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)