Yountville, Congressman Mike Thompson, John Dunbar. Bizarre, corrupt. (Take notes)
From the Napa Sentinel
Part 2 of Special Investigation
Yountville Vice-Mayor John Dunbar tied to corruption
Story on Page 3
In part 2 of our investigation into the ongoing corruption in Yountville, newly released documents from the California Secretary’s of State of Office show that Vice-Mayor John Dunbar has raised an eye opening $11,247.25 for the Mayor’s race in Yountville. According to the California Secretary of State’s Office and the California Fair Political Practices Commission, there has never been this much money raised or spent on a local Yountville election before.
What is also interesting is that Dunbar has received contributions from those that have been exposed as part of a scheme to smear Stryk. Dunbar’s Candidate Committe has received contributions from David Shipman, General Manager of the Vintage Inn and Villagio, who hired a Private investigator to dig up dirt on Stryk and also gave a free hotel suite to an employee of Stryk’s who Shipman had hoped would provide “Dirt” on him. (Email below)
Dunbar also received a hefty check from Congressman Mike Thompson’s Federal Candidate Committee for Congress. Last week we reported that Stryk objected to a racist email that was sent out by the Congressman’s son, Sheriff’s Deputy John Thompson which was then forwarded around by other members of the Napa Sheriff’s Department. (see email below-special note- The Napa Sentinel supports the unbridled Free Speech protection provided by the 1st amendment, but the Sentinel does not condone the offensive and racist email below)
We at the Sentinel had never heard of a Federal Candidate Campaign Committee donating money to such a small local race. In a call to the Federal Elections Commission in Washington, D.C. we asked an employee of the (FEC) about this and the caller commented, “A contribution like that is unusual but not illegal.” Unusual seems to be quite of an understatement. By searching the Federal Campaign Database provided by Open Secrets at http://www.opensecrets.org we could not find another Federal Campaign Committee that gave money to a such a small local race in the State of California and we definitely could not find one as influential as Congressman Mike Thompson. In the 10 years Mike Thompson has been in Congress he has never donated money from his Committee, which is meant to support his race for Congress, to support a local candidate in Yountville.
We asked a local resident in Yountville who has been closely following the Mayor’s race to get his view. He commented that the second Stryk jumped into the race and challenged the status qou,he has had a group of very powerful and stupid people out to get him. “The conventional wisdom around town was that John would run un-opposed for Mayor. What I can’t understand is why they would even engage Stryk? Nobody knew who the guy was…i think even if Stryk loses… he probably still wins… he obviously has stumbled upon something that has made a group of people spend a great deal of time and money protecting…I think Marjorie jumped in the race because she saw that John was vulnerable and thought that Stryk was mortally wounded…after all of this has come out, she is definitely the odd man out because she can’t claim her role as the outsider anymore…my neighbors are saying that a vote for her is a vote for John because if she loses she still has two years left on her Council term and there will not be any change in leadership…either way, if Stryk does not win, the Mayor and Council will be tainted…
Very Powerful and stupid people out to get Stryk – and they leave anonymous comments on this blog, too.