Feb 242020

One of the top arguments against electing Travis Allen or Steve Frank Chairman of the California GOP was that neither could raise money.

One of the people I highlighted, Molly Parnell (who was running around the 2019 convention and who was actively involved in Jessica Patterson’s Campaign) makes a $15,000 a month retainer that went up to $18,000 a month after Patterson won. I am not sure how it is not a conflict of interest for someone with a direct financial interest in the outcome of the CAGOP officer elections is allowed to take such a leading role in campaigning for CAGOP officers.

Parnell to her credit does indeed raise a lot of money. It has been something like $15 Million in the last 2-3 years. Yet, we still lose and lose bad. Where does all the money go? It takes about $2.5 Million a year to run the CAGOP. There is the much talked about “One Ask Program” which is an arrangement to share the burden of fundraising:

NOTE: The “one ask” program works as follows, until the CAGOP is fully funded, the money raised is split in three until the CAGOP is fully funded. Then once, the CAGOP’s budget is met, the money is split in half between the caucuses. The “One Ask” program covers “traditional fundraising”… Jessica Patterson could raise money directly for the party as an aside from the “one ask” program. The significance of this note is that the spending decisions on candidate support are being made by Shannon Grove, Marie Waldron and their staff like Matt Klemin. The candidate support decisions are NOT being made by Jessica Patterson or anyone else that is a board member of the state party. It is hard to keep track of, but I am adding extra clarification so that the people responsible are separated from those that are not – with regard to the content of this post.

Further note – while Assembly Leadership are doing nothing to help Andrew Kotyuk AD-42, Jessica Patterson has been actively engaged. (however, in AD-67, AD-38 amongst others I have received no reports of any substantial help from party leaders)

Beyond asking what is being done with the money Molly Parnell is raising, does anyone in their right mind think Travis or Steve would have fired her if indeed she has raised $15 Million in the last 2-3 years? So then, let me ask again why people listed as paid CRP consultants actively engaged in campaigning for Jessica Patterson? I will be following up about how small the world is and just how many people with direct financial interests manipulate the outcomes of officer elections and the decisions of the CAGOP. The disaster of the last 20 years needs to stop and people making six figure incomes to fail need to be replaced, even as they influence current officer elections to protect said paychecks. (My opinion, and I am sure many reading will agree there is no other conclusion you can draw)

One of the other vehicles that had been used over the last several years to get money in to local campaigns is the California Republican Leadership Fund. This is the vehicle that has caused controversy in local county committees as money was run to Alameda, Stanislaus and other county parties often with little or no knowledge of the local party members.

The CRLF is broke. What happened to all that money? There is $1451 left. I see $15,500 that went in there from the CAGOP, then $14,000 paid out to Rebecca Luby and $1500 to the executive director of the CAGOP who also is paid $7500 a month from the CAGOP itself.

The CRLF activities have led to large FPPC fines in the past.

Remember California Trailblazers? We were told this was the blueprint for the success of Jessica Patterson and Trailblazers was the primary reason to elect her Chair.

California Trailblazers no longer exists. Let that sink in. Molly Parnell, Jeff Randle and Jessica Patterson show in the last batch of payments made in 2019. The committee was terminated on 12-16-2019.

So leading in to the 2020 election – two of the primary vehicles used over the last 7-10 years, the CRLF is broke, the Trailblazers is terminated, and the CAGOP has 1/5 the money of the Cal Dems.

Here’s where the parties stand on net cash on hand with the period closing February 15:

  • California Democratic Party: $12,163,430
  • California Republican Party: $2,104,212


My issues are quite simple:

  1. Why are people with a direct financial interest in the CAGOP allowed to participate and influence officer elections in the CAGOP?
  2. Why should any of us be happy with the decisions being made by legislative leaders with regard to how the money is spent?
  3. Why should any of us be happy with the money results so far in 2020 – especially when we were told neither Steve nor Travis could produce? This looks no different than what we were told would happen with either of them as Chairman

Then there is this little tidbit. In the background is Andy Gimmecandy running the RNC Delegation drill along with David Stafford Reade and others. There was an internal battle over the disposition of the delegates as similar to Jessica appointing only her people to CAGOP Committees and deliberately shutting out anyone that supported Steve or Travis, Gimmecandy was doing the same. The delegation was to have been littered with never-trumpers, squishes and insider RINO’s.

The reason the final list looked much more balanced is because Gimmecandy and Reade received significant pushback from other insiders (who talked to me in detail about what they were doing).

Gimmecandy also jacked up the delegate fee from $900 to $1200. It is alleged that money went straight in to the pockets of the consultants running the RNC Convention Delegation drill.

All this and Andy Garakhani (aka Gimmecandy) was alleged to have been interviewing for a job with William Weld against Donald Trump in the primary.

To the victor go the spoils – CAGOP Committees 97% comprised of people that supported Jessica Patterson and her fellow never-trumper allies enriching themselves financially while the CAGOP is headed for another election trainwreck. Paychecks? Guaranteed. Results? Optional, not required. (Just vote for who you are told to, OK?)

Could we be adding another 6-8 seats to this total?

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