The Church of Scientology has a monster facility in The Hemet area called the Gold Base / Golden Era. Catherine Fraser and Muriel Dufrense are two of the heavy hitters in Scientology who are also donors.
Golden Era Productions is the media Arm of Scientology. This attached report shows Stan Sniff taking 8 checks from them.
The Washington Post – which I cite in honor of Sniff’s late-campaign tilt to the hard left – had this to say:
HBO hired 160 lawyers when the network decided to air “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” the two-hour documentary based on Lawrence Wright’s book. This makes sense when you watch the film, directed by Alex Gibney, which aired Sunday night. Ex-Church of Scientology members and officials reveal secrets of the organization, and tell horror stories of psychological and physical abuse during their time in the controversial religion — and after they escaped.
Why did HBO hire 160 Lawyers? It is well known that the Church of Scientology uses its’ seemingly limitless resources to bully people with Lawyers.
Sniff took 8 checks from Scientology leaders.
Stan Sniff has taken checks from convicted felons, associates with felons and has events at places owned by felons – so why not add an extremely controversial cult to the donor list?
Former Scientology officials, including former spokesman Marty Rathbun, say that every “audit” (where a Scientology member is forced to reveal their deepest, most intimate secrets and fears on the way to attain spiritual and mental clarity) is recorded and filmed. Not to mention the “auditors” take pages of notes. So, when word had it that Travolta was threatening to leave, all the officials had do was go through all the notes from the auditing sessions to find secrets that Travolta had spilled and may not want getting out into the public.
“I know this because I used to do it when I was the head of the office of special affairs,” said former official Mike Rinder. “By exposing [these secrets] or threatening to expose them, they will cower the person into silence.”
It was put to me by members of the Department that the major Scientology Facility has about 2500 occupants in it. There are only a handful of cars and bicycles there. They also indicated that they see few, if any of the residents of the compound on visits to it.
Given several, very public allegations of abuse and several disturbing documentaries on Scientology, one would think that the SHERIFF of the county would be interested in looking in to some of the problems. You’d certainly think that he’d not take money from them. There have been threats made to the Sheriff’s Department and Management Personnel, including Lt. Zach Hall. You’d think that the Sheriff would take a dim view of a group doing such a thing.
Instead – Stan Sniff and his boi Sgt. Dave Kurylowicz, YES THAT KURLY, arrested anti-Scientology protesters. Things that make you go hmmm…
But of course – Sniff has taken money from left-wing criminal defense attorneys who work to free the very scum his employees try to get off the street (including a of cop-killer that murdered a Palm Springs Police Officer wife of an RSO Deputy). So why not take money from a cult with a huge compound in Riverside County?
You can learn more about the disturbing history of Scientology in this documentary or this other documentary. Here is another Washington Post story for good measure.
Stan Sniff shoulda stuck with being an athiest.
P.S. The other candidates on the list should strongly consider returning the checks. The Sheriff is without excuse for taking them given the documented history of this cult.