Nov 252012

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Remember the PAC that Charles Munger used to buy slates in the Placer GOP Cent Com race? Despite the denials by local tea parties – they are being used by the left of the GOP and Charles Munger like so many others. When Munger was calling the slate mail vendors to get slate cards in the Placer GOP Cent Com race, I was tipped off by a slate vendor.

This is when I discovered the California Senior Advocates League PAC.

The California Senior Advocates League has a bunch of quotes from Liberal Democrats and a list of issues that suggest that they are a left-leaning organization.

I took a detailed look at their donors on the California Secretary of State’s Website:

They took over a Million Dollars from Reform California Now IE Committee (aka CA Now IE Committee) – more on that Committee in a bit.

Jobs PAC (The California Chamber of Commerce)

Personal Insurance Federation (This is the group whose lobbyist is purported to have threatened people in Placer County over the challenges to Beth Gaines)

Charles Munger – $500,000, including a $400,000 check that was not reported until November 8th, the day after the election was over.

Quality Health Care for Californians PAC – a left-leaning PAC (with Union Donors, etc)

Alliance for California’s Tomorrow PAC (funded by the Realtors Assn / Dentists Assn / CA Apartment Assn and others)

Direct Money from the California Dental Association

Are you getting the idea yet? The Realtor’s Association, Dentists Association and Charles Munger were all central to this electoral disaster.

The California Senior Advocates League PAC has several targets in R vs R Races – beyond supporting the attempt to remove the conservatives from the Placer GOP Central Committee using a coalition of Tea Party recruits by Jim Nielsen / Doug LaMalfa and Liberal Republicans.

1. Rico Oller AD05 running against Frank Bigelow. Bigelow certainly led with his left in the fall runoff and he did not sign the no new taxes pledge. The PAC spent $368,222.40 attacking Rico Oller. It also spent $75,160.76 supporting Frank Bigelow. It remains to be seen if Bigelow votes to raise taxes or if it even matters now.

2. Rocky Chavez AD76 – running against Conservative Christian Sherry Hodges. Hodges was  designated for destruction by Charles Munger (more on that later) and the PAC chipped in 31,885.32 on Chavez behalf and $29,483.79 attacking Sherry Hodges.

3. Beth Gaines AD-06. Yes, you guessed it. While other marginal districts were being left to the wolves, the CA Senior Advocates league dropped $37,578.86 in to two pieces of mail.

This PAC was also used to fund operations in several Dem districts in the primary. It should be noted that almost all the dem candidates they supported in the primary lost.

To be continued…


Is Jim Brulte Charles Munger’s CRP Candidate?

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Nov 242012

Look – I know Charles Munger hunts Conservatives. As you’ll see in the series I am doing right now – Munger went after Pro-Life leader Sherry Hodges, the Author of prop 8 Andy Pugno, Minutemen Founder Gregg Imus and threw in Conservative Christians Rico Oller and Brian Dahle for Good Measure.

I also know that Charles Munger is in the process of recruiting people for California Republican Party Office. (CRP)

Jim Brulte is an influential former State Senator and on the surface would seem like the kind of power broker that could heal the rift between Legislators and Activists while raising a pile of money.

I have been looking in to Brulte because I know that Charles Munger is a tough customer. Munger takes no prisoners and spends money like it means little or nothing to him on politics.

What would Munger and crew say about Brulte to try and stop him from getting elected CRP Chairman?

As I have done research – I am starting to discover that Mr. Brulte has some interesting stances on issues that would put him in agreement with Charles Munger.

He works for a Consulting firm headed by some of the top Dem operatives in California. California Strategies. The Republicans I saw on the list included Jim Cuneen – regarded as a democrat by many in Republican circles. Munger would likely crank $1.2 million into a Cuneen campaign if there was one. Munger appears to prefer Republicans that cater to democrats.

Here’s the kicker – Brulte supported the second largest School Bond in California in 2012. It was an $848 Million Bond for the Chaffey Joint Union High School District. That’s correct – an almost $1 Billion Dollar Tax increase on San Bernardino County voters – an area hit extremely hard by the housing bust. Charles Munger is known to support tax increases.

This particular measure was known as Measure P – it was vigorously opposed by Former CRA VP Ben Lopez, CRA Club President Earl DeVries and others. The irony is that Charles Munger bought slate mailers for Ben Lopez’ re-election to San Bernardino Central Committee as there apparently was some sort of Ron Paul uprising in SB County. In Placer, Munger supported the Ron Paul people who were aligned with the far-left of Placer’s GOP.

I can’t figure out if Munger has cut another deal with the legislature (similar to the rumored deal where Munger was allowed to attack Alan Mansoor but had to help save Beth Gaines), and is supporting Jim Brulte.

Another scenario is that Jim Brulte’s employer, California Strategies was running this measure P campaign or has some sort of interest in the Chaffey JUHSD…

There has to be a good explanation for supporting a massive school bond right before running for CRP Chairman. This is why I am wondering if there is a Charles Munger connection to Jim Brulte’s Campaign.

Nov 242012

I have repeatedly lambasted Assembly Permanent Minority Leader Connie Conway for being stupid and short-sighted.

I decided to start looking in to where the money came from and went in some depth. Charles Munger is not the only one out there that had an obsession about attacking Republicans he wants to exterminate from the party. My investigation has determined that Munger did indeed come up with about $1.5 million more than I previously detected.

However, people need to call the California Dental Association and the California Association of Realtors and thank them for aiding and abeting the California Democrat Supermajority as much as the stupidity of Connie Conway / Charles Munger.

First off – three Races, all of which should have been easy wins for the GOP were turned in to disasters because of the following:

1. Connie Conway was obsessed with defending Beth Gaines and directed IE money there.

2. In my opinion, Charles Munger ignored these three districts because the Republican Candidates were all Conservatives not named Beth Gaines.

3. The California Association of Realtors and the California Dental Association were up to their neck in supporting anyone running against a conservative – whether it meant supporting a RINO/Moderate or a Liberal Democrat.

In AD40 – Mike Morrell, a conservative did not get a dime of IE money. He scraped by with a 2,200 vote win. The local media there declared him the winner as of November 20th. It should not have been this close… but again, like a broken record I look at all the money wasted attacking conservatives in R vs R races.

In AD36 – Ron Smith is hanging on to a 2007 vote lead as of 11/21/2012. This is another supposedly safe R seat. Not a dime of IE money went in to Ron Smith. It is unlikely that the estimated number of provisional ballots will overturn Ron Smith’s win.

In AD32 – the Democrats recognized Connie Conway and Charles Munger’s obsession with RvsR races and they snuck in (aided and abetted by the Realtors) and contributed to a 3,000 vote loss by Pedro Rios.

A PAC called Californians for Jobs and a Strong Economy came after Rios with $42,515.42. The major funders were PG&E and the Realtors and a smattering of corporate PAC’s.

The Dentists themselves attacked Rios with $56,130.00.

A variety of left-leaning PAC’s supported Rudy Salas with $215,791.48

Where was Charles Munger? Nowhere. Where was Connie Conway and Republican Leadership? Nowhere. Where was Howard Ahmundson and the California Taxpayer’s Advocate? Spending all their money in AD67, AD05 and AD06 attacking Republicans in R vs R races.

So, credit the Dems with recognizing the stupidity and jumping in for the bargain price of $215K and defeating Pedro Rios.

Then realize that the Dems could have swiped TWO more Assembly seats on top of everything else!

Nov 232012

I like the concept on the surface – Jim Brulte, reasonably conservative, widely known, access to lots of donors, former legislator, influential… for Chairman of the California Republican Party (CRP)

I think Brulte would succeed in raising money. Duf Sundheim knelt to Arnold and left the CRP in a $4million hole that Ron Nehring struggled to plug. Tom Del Becarro presided over blowing $4million on Prop 40 that was later abandoned by Consultant Dave Gilliard once it appeared there was no more money to be made. (Gilliard is reported to have made $200k off the deal anyway)

In the years I have been involved in the CRP – I have seen the legislators abandon the CRP because of incessant in-fighting. Even in Placer County, it appears that one of the members of the Placer GOP filed a campaign finance complaint against the committee itself to gain political advantage.

Jim Brulte in theory could cure the chasm between the CRP and the legislators.

There is a smaller problem, the position is unpaid. There has been a culture in the CRP that the Chairman is something of a volunteer and is not paid – the idea being to establish separation between the donors/legislators and the leadership of the party. I have been told that Brulte would only serve if paid. This would require a 2/3 vote to adopt a by-law amendment unless there was the same kind of game-playing that occurred when the CRC was chartered.

The larger problem for Jim Brulte is the ongoing FBI investigation that has two of his former consulting clients under charges and a San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Baine under charges. Former SB Sup Bill Postmus pled guilty, served time and is cooperating with the investigation. There is a trial coming in January for corruption and Brulte will undoubtedly be called to testify.

Brulte is up to his neck in this. Will his involvement give the CRP a further Black Eye?

Take a look at this story of intimidation published last year. The background is that another person involved in this case was being blackmailed with pictures that were allegedly taken when the victim was drunk and was then blackmailed by people who may or may not have been Jim Brulte and one of the developers Jeff Burum.

Here is the money part of the story: (Joise Gonzales is referenced, she is a liberal democrat supervisor who was an opponent of the land deal that is the subject of the FBI investigation / upcoming trial)

“Colonies taught Gonzales to trust her instincts and find the strength within herself to do the right thing, she said.
In November 2006, days before the board’s vote on the Colonies settlement, Gonzales went on an economic development trip to China. After arriving, she testified, she was surprised to see Jim Brulte in the bar; a former state senator, he was a Colonies consultant.
He asked her to dinner and nightclubbing with him and someone else, though he did not say whom.
“I’m looking at him because he’s a big man, and he’s right in my face, and because his hands were spread out … just my instinct kicks in. My mind is reeling as to what is wrong with this picture. And I look over between his armpit … and his body, and down the hall I see Jeff Burum,” Gonzales testified. “I knew that it would be terribly dangerous for me to go anywhere with him or anyone else, especially after I recognized Jeff.”
She was leery, she testified, because she had heard that a colleague accepted a similar invitation and, given too much drugs or alcohol, was “put in compromising positions in which photographs were taken and then used to blackmail.”

The Colonies Project is a mess. Whether Brulte is innocent and this is a smear by a liberal democrat supervisor or not is indeed a concern. However, the CRP does not have the luxury of having a chariman involved in a recent FBI investigation.

Fact Check: Gilliard Press Release from June

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Nov 152012

Remember this is the same Dave Gilliard that got lit up for racist mailers and for mailers that were bald-faced and outright lies.

As is a custom for political consultants – they send out Press Releases bragging about the results of elections. Sometimes they also reference settling personal scores in the press releases – like Dave Gilliard’s complicity in getting Charles Munger to attack the Placer GOP for not kissing the ring of his client Beth Gaines.

You’ll note that Gilliard omits the $200k he made off of the CAGOP before bailing out on Prop 40 and the IE’s he ran ostensibly to benefit democrat Larry Agran of Irvine.

ROCKLIN, CA — Clients of the political consulting firm of Gilliard Blanning & Associates Inc. won outright, or came in first, in 17 of 20 races on Tuesday, with one race still too close to call. (As of today, the number drops to 15.)

Included in the list were two high profile races in Northern California. In the first Congressional district, Doug LaMalfa was the top vote-getter and will face Democrat Jim Reed in November. LaMalfa defeated Republican rival and former Senator Sam Annestad in the hard fought race to represent the rural district. In the 6th Assembly district, Beth Gaines was the top vote-getter in a furious race against fellow Republican, Andy Pugno. Gaines will face Democrat Regy Bronner in November. (Oops – Andy Pugno made the runoff and omitted from this email was mention of the $450k from uber-liberal Charles Munger in to Beth Gaines. Also omitted: the Nomilaki Band of Lusenio Indians that poured money in to both candidates, using the services of Carlos Rodriguez whose office is next door to Dave Gilliard’s. Cozy. Coordination of Independent expenditures is allegedly illegal.)
In Riverside County, GBA client Jeff Miller received 51% in his Senate race in SD 31, beating second place finisher Richard Roth by over 22 points.  GBA client Phil Paule was the top vote-getter in AD 67 and is well positioned to win the conservative district in November. (Phil Paule went down in flames as did Jeff Miller in November)

In Orange County, every one of GBA’s clients won and the GBA led campaign for Allan Mansoor in AD 74 for the Orange County Republican Party routed Leslie Daigle, who had nearly $1 million in outside help that proved futile. (Please note that Munger went after Mansoor with $700k – in the mind of Gilliard this was bad, but the $450k in to Beth Gaines was good… )

All told, GBA helped elect clients at all levels of state and local government, including races for Judge, County Supervisor, Assembly, Senate and U.S. Congress. GBA also produced direct mail that helped elect much needed new blood to the Placer County Republican Central Committee.

Dave Gillard teamed up with Charles Munger to teach the conservatives on the Placer GOP Cent Com a lesson for not supporting the Gaines… who are both irrelevant now.

And then there was the independent expenditure to help Democrat Larry Agran… (who lost)