The point of this expose in to Jim Nielsen’s corruption has nothing to do with Pesticide reform.
It has nothing to do with him publicly praising Ted Kennedy or publicly attacking Rush Limbaugh in editorials in the Woodland paper for example…
This has to do with Jim Nielsen’s ethics. (Which dovetail with his lies about being a Conservative)
According to my source data – Jim Nielsen started taking a salary from Roy Riegels and Co. in 1978. Riegels was a major manufacturer and distributor of Bolero. Bolero was a commonly use pesticide by Rice Farmers.
Jim Nielsen fought against efforts to Ban Bolero while taking a salary as a State Senator.
In 1979, AB 195 was introduced attempting to toughen disclosure surrounding the use of pesticides and Jim Nielsen fought successfully to kill it in committee.
Nielsen also successfully fought an effort to tighten the procedures of taxing pesticides.
Later in 1987 – people in Sacramento were screaming. The water in Sacramento County was getting turned bitter.
The City of Sacramento threatened to sue the State of California unless the Water Resources Board acted to limit the discharge of Bolero in to the river from Rice Farms.
Amazingly – the Board of Water Resources had made a decision to limit the discharge of Bolero, then after intense lobbying by Jim Nielsen and others, they reversed themselves and did nothing.
In the final analysis – it was revealed that Nielsen attempted to get rice industry officials to meet with the board members in secret. It was also revealed that Nielsen also threatened individual board members – including successfully having one replaced whose term expired.
The issue is that legal observers likened what Nielsen did to having a defendant lobby a judge before getting sentenced and / or threatening that guarantee that the judge will lose his bench if he does not agree with you…
The whole time Jim Nielsen was engaged in this activity – Roy Riegels and Co. was paying him.
P.S. (from Charlie Schaupp):
Roy Riegels Chemicals in Woodland was part of the John Taylor Ag Chemical Group. John Taylor and his two sons were known for using money as political muscle. John Taylor passed away and about a decade later his sons sold the company to Wilbur-Ellis Chemical Company in 1999.