When your intrepid blogger was interviewed on KFI, I told them I was filing an addendum to the FPPC Complaint that was validated and is now under a formal investigation. The original complaint was 200 pages long. It looks like it is going to gain weight. The OC Register followed up on their original story once they knew the FPPC complaint was validated and is in the investigative queue.
Park said he believes he helped Brough get elected to a first term in the 73rd Assembly District after he publicized information about one of Brough’s opponents. Now, as claims mount about Brough’s campaign finances and allegations that he’s made unwanted sexual advances against several women, Park said he feels a “sense of duty” to help get him out of office.
“He turned out to not be who he said he was,” Park said. “He needs to go now.”
It was quite the interesting week with reporters and friends contacting me, including two news clips sent via text message. It appears the story was front page above the fold in some papers and Page A-3 in others. The first image is LA Times and the Second is the Sacramento Bee. I’ve seen News 10 in San Diego and Channel 2/9 in LA, the SF Chron, the Fresno Bee and a few others pick the story up.
The sheer volume of issues has caused your intrepid blogger to go back for a second look at Bill Brough’s Campaign finances and a new batch of questionable issues has manifest.
One key point I have stressed is that Bill Brough is his own treasurer on the most recent reports and appears to have been at various points in the past. This means all of the liability during those times for what he has done falls on him.
The OC Register revealed that Brough has indeed been in trouble in the past for improper expenses earning a warning letter out of an audit. Similar to Mr. Brough misrepresenting the existence of past sexual misconduct claims, he also misrepresented his campaign finances. Given that scrutiny is revealing that Brough has a pattern of complaints and warnings, we wonder what else he is hiding?
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.
Research indicates that Brough spent $300 on a trailer for the Swallows Day Event and on 3/22/2019 he presented an expense for $404.72 to Boot Barn. It is my understanding of campaign finance rules that the only clothing you can expense is a specific item for a specific and unique use. (such as a costume) I doubt the trailer is an issue, but it is worth noting as it appears that Brough is attempting to mix legitimate expenses with what I believe to be a pattern of living off of his campaign account.
Bill Brough paid $404.72 for that getup ( the photo as filched from his social media by a confidential informant). These appear to be the type of clothing that can be worn in day to day life, thus this will get added to the complaint.
On 3/8/2019 – Bill Brough bought 2020 NCAA Championship Tickets out of his campaign account. They are for a fundraising event in 2020 that no one knows about.
1/11/2019 – a notation for Peoria Stadium, 3/21/2019 for Talking Stick Resort $995.00 / $3,535.31 respectively. A second notation to Talking Stick on 3-23-2019 exists for $4,063.84 and still another entry exists for a limo service (at least Brough was not driving drunk) for $859.02 These and others that bring the total to over $10,000 were for an alleged fundraising event at Spring Training. All I heard about was another Drunken Incident by Mr. Brough that nearly resulted in an altercation. I’ve written about the event before and thanks to the OC Register, I am going to update the complaint with it.
Brough has submitted two Form 497’s for his 2020 committee that the Spring Training event came from. One was on 4/4 from a booze distributor and the other was in May from a tobacco company. Neither appear connected to any event in Arizona, this means it is likely that his Spring Training “Fundraiser” was a facade for a personal trip. That will be for the FPPC to determine once I file the amendment adding this sham to the list.
In Brough’s 2018 and 2020 committee there are an absolute laundry list of items that now warrant further scrutiny:
There are 6 references to purchasing Cigars
4 To the Apple Store
6 to Costco
1 Each to Best Buy, Wayfair, Albertson’s and Amazon
5 to BevMo
2 to Walmart
8 to Safeway
and 6 More Verizon Wireless Bills popped up on the First Half 2019 Report.
and a $4,681.60 “Meeting” in Washington D.C. on 1/27/2017 for 10 members of his staff. Where they there? Does he even have 10 staff members?
To be continued…
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