For those of you that read Right On Daily regularly, you’ve seen an expose’ on William “Bill” Brough’s campaign finances spanning three months. It is the opinion of this blogger based on things I have been discovering that Bill Brough is living off of his campaign account. If my supposition is true, this is illegal and means fines and possible criminal prosecution. These maladies exist over and above the laundry list of sexual misconduct incidents that span 8 years that we know of.
2019 has been an interesting year for Right On Daily – in June we received attribution from several statewide news sources as we broke the news of Lisa Bartlett bravely stepping out against Bill Brough. When I wrote that story, I had no idea of what I was in store for.. from the 6-19-2019 post which was the first salvo in the current William “Bill” Brough saga:
Your intrepid blogger has learned that there indeed was a complaint filed with the Rules Committee against Brough that went nowhere. Brough had publicly denied there was ever a complaint. He has also publicly denied wrongdoing. It is the opinion of this blogger that he lied.
It also appears that the OCGOP is so deeply concerned about these issues that Bill Brough did not receive a consent calendar endorsement at their regular meeting Monday evening.
Rather, OC Supervisor Lisa Bartlett spoke out forcefully against endorsing Bill Brough to a stunned audience. She detailed in graphic terms the incident of Sexual Assault/Harassment that she personally endured at the hands of Mr. Brough.
It is clear to this blogger that Brough has had enablers covering for him for years. It is also clear that Brough has had a litany of issues related to intoxication and his out of control behavior that occurs once intoxicated. Sans proof (aka the victims talking to me, or documented evidence of criminal/civil proceedings) I’ve stayed quiet.
The OC GOP sat in stunned silence as Lisa Bartlett opened up publicly for the first time about the alleged incident that was widely known but never confirmed by Mrs. Bartlett. The stunned committee voted Unanimously (save one holdout) to refer Brough’s endorsement to the endorsement committee for a “Closed Door Investigation”.
On July 15th 2019, Your intrepid blogger filed an FPPC Complaint which fits nicely in to the known Brough Timeline:
In 2011, Brough had a business fail – and the whole time he was on City Council appears to have never had regular employment.
In 2014, Bill Brough was his own treasurer and the financial issues are alleged to have started then. These include paying his entire family cell phone bill out of his campaign.
In 2014, after selling his house to avoid the trustee sale, Brough is alleged to have begun renting an expensive Beach House in Dana Point.
In Feb 2015, Bill Brough is alleged to have sexually battered / harassed a woman who is employed as a political staffer. (I have copies of records and text messages related to this and Brough identified her in a blast email. It appears this was a bully move)
In March of 2015, Bill Brough is alleged to have sexually harassed / propositioned yet another political staffer. (I spoke to this victim, who was also targeted and unmasked by Brough)
Bill Brough’s 2017-2018 Campaign Finance Records are replete with personal expenses being paid out of his campaign account. A second post is linked here. These include a portable bar and a cigar humidor listed as “Office Expenses”. The embedded photo is Bill Brough on a donor-funded trip to a RedSox Game courtesy of his donors. These amongst other things have drawn statewide media scrutiny.
On 8-29-2019, the Orange County register unleashed a thoroughly researched story with several items not previously reported on Right on Daily (we will add more detail in Part 2 of this post).
Along with spending nearly $24,000 in campaign funds on travel — including a helicopter ride to Catalina — Brough also spent $8,275 on expenses listed as “meetings and appearances” in the first half of this year.
Most are lunches or dinners connected to meetings listed as “campaign strategy.” The meals averaged $243 each, with the priciest at $1,840 for Brough and six others to eat at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse in Washington, D.C.
He also spent $404 at Boot Barn clothing store, which he said was for an appearance at San Juan Capistrano’s Swallows Day Parade.
Brough used leftover 2018 campaign funds to make a $2,410 deposit on tickets for the 2020 NCAA men’s basketball tournament. His campaign also spent roughly $10,000 for Brough and five others to attend baseball spring training in Arizona. Both sport-themed expenses are listed on campaign finance forms as fundraisers.
Stay Tuned as your intrepid blogger will have more to say about all of this, including the fact that I will be filing an addendum to the already 200 page complaint that the FPPC has. Start with this piece we wrote on Brough’s 2019 report.
To be continued…
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