Aaron F Park

Reality is a stubborn thing.

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 (especially since Parnell likely earns over $1,000,000 a year from the CAGOP when commissions from fundraising are include) 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 I saw paid CRP staff and 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?

Feb 242020

South Park made a video in Carl’s Honor. Click to watch it, it is hysterical. Note that it pre-dates the 2014 drama as it was made in 2013.

With a story titled – Who Lied Part IV, Much Ado About a Urinal – easy to find, you learn the number one reason why Carl DeMaio has no business anywhere near Congress.

Harper had already detailed for her an encounter he had with DeMaio. He had described how, on July 10, as he finished up at a urinal down the hall from the campaign’s second-floor headquarters, DeMaio hovered behind him and exposed himself, grabbing his genitals. Harper quit the campaign two days later. He left on good terms, with a recommendation from DeMaio.

Oh Lord.

The urinal. As DeMaio tries to recover his reputation and rebut these accusations, which he calls lies and smears, the broken urinal is what he’s still clinging to.

That is, it’s the story he’s clinging to after another claim — that the guy with whom Trageser spoke wasn’t really Justin Harper at all — fell apart.

You have got to be kidding me and this guy is considered a legit contender for a seat in Congress?

Carl DeMaio’s campaign would go on to try to say the accuser was not Justin Harper but was someone else and when that did not work, they claimed the alleged site of the wanking was a broken urinal thus Harper was lying. They never addressed the allegations – just attacked the kid who was victimized by DeMaio.

DeMaio’s pattern of allegations and denials in this case is similar to last August when the Voice of OC published claims by state Sen. Ben Hueso, who served with DeMaio on the San Diego City Council.

Hueso alleges that twice in 2009 he witnessed DeMaio masturbating in a restricted bathroom after DeMaio had delivered fiery political speeches during council meetings.

San Diego Councilwoman Marti Emerald confirmed Hueso’s account, saying she encountered a shocked Hueso outside the restroom immediately after the first incident.

DeMaio aggressively denied Hueso’s allegations, calling them “dirty politics” during television interviews. He also claimed to have passed a polygraph test, but never released the complete test results.

At the time of the article, DeMaio was on a short list of GOP candidates to run for the San Diego mayoral seat, which was being vacated by Democrat Bob Filner who himself was forced to resign because of sexual harassment.

But San Diego Republican leaders — following a now-infamous private meeting in La Jolla — instead threw support behind Kevin Faulconer (who ultimately won the seat), because DeMaio was seen as too divisive, according to those familiar with the meeting.

Nonetheless, the GOP establishment remained steadfastly behind DeMaio’s congressional campaign, launching an attack against Voice of OC and its partners for publishing the article.

A specific target was PBS SoCaL, which at the time had an on-air partnership with Voice of OC. It started with a post on Jon Fleischman’s conservative Flash Report with the headline: “Local PBS Affiliate is linked to Smear Campaign of Gay Republican.”

GOP insiders also delivered a dossier to PBS station chief Mel Rogers attacking the Voice of OC’s reporting on the DeMaio article and others.

Rogers defended the Voice of OC’s reporting during that meeting and during an on-air interview with John Phillips, a conservative talk radio host and an Orange County Register columnist.

However, PBS did ultimately terminate the partnership, officially ending it in September.

The Voice of OC story is linked here.

Carl DeMaio has proven to be reckless, impulsive and terrible at crisis management. He has had so much drama surrounding him, much of it because he lashes out at people and says/does stuff out of turn leaving behind a trail of destruction.

Yet, similar to many I know in politics his very nature attracts a small coven of groupies that seem to have a strange mental blank spot about his behavior which screams red flags at anyone observing from a distance.

Note the Date on Carl’s Post.

If you’ve been reading, you will understand that Carl DeMaio’s unstable and reactionary behavior has been a hallmark of his life.

Feb 232020

Well isn’t this special. As in Special Steve Manos. We’ll be writing about his $1,300,000 Bankruptcy in 2013 in a bit – including a VERY interesting list of creditors. The California Real Estate Association should be embarrassed – they are pouring money in to a man who was evicted from two Real Estate Offices he ran in to the ground, sued by one landlord and also successfully sued by ERA Real Estate who he had a franchise with.

You’d think CREPAC would have done some vetting – or perhaps Assembly Republican Leadership Green-Lighted them because CAGOP Endorsed Kelly Seyarto did not do what he was told.

It appears that Steve Manos while in the midst of several lawsuits, Tax Liens and Judgements also had his fingers in the political cookie jar. He was involved up to his neck in a dirty recall effort that landed someone he worked closely with in jail.

There was a botched Recall Effort Manos was behind in Lake Elsinore that resulted in one of the perpetrators going to jail. Manos rolled over on the people he was advising and doing political work for in order to save himself. The Press Tribune picks up in 2011. The deed was done in 2010 and the story is from May of 2011.

Caron also said Knight met regularly with consultants, including Steve Manos, who challenged Buckley in the recall election.

Caron testified that Manos met with Knight 20 to 25 times during the effort and that it was Manos’ idea to change the name of the committee from Elsinore Voters Against Corruption to the Committee to Recall Thomas Buckley.

Caron also testified that Manos filled out a campaign finance form and emailed it to her for her signature and to be filed.

Manos has acknowledged supporting the recall but Wednesday denied being a consultant to the campaign or filling out a campaign finance form for the recall committee.

“That’s completely inaccurate,” Manos said.

Manos added it sounds like Caron is “trying to diminish her responsibility.”

Chad Firetag, Knight’s attorney, questioned Caron on why she struck a deal with prosecutors. He pointed to her move to Florida and the fact she must return to California for the hearings, and her concern over a jail term if convicted of felony charges.

“You knew that the district attorney’s office wanted to prosecute Mr. Knight,” Firetag said, challenging her testimony.

Prosecutors said no promises or guarantees were made for Caron’s testimony.

Meanwhile, Buckley said nothing in the testimony came as a shock to him.

“But I am glad that Miss Caron is cooperating and telling the truth,” Buckley said. “It seems like she realized her mistake and is trying to atone, and she deserves credit for that.”

The bottom line is that Caron who went to jail told the truth about the recall effort that involved Steve Manos. You can see here that Manos tried to lie his way out of responsibility – since there was no paper trail, Manos was able to get off scott free.

A business owner who was angry over Thomas Buckley and others on the Lake Elsinore City Council denying a permit for live entertainment at his establishment. He is the Michael Knight referred to above. Knight’s business Trevi failed in 2014. The San Diego Union Tribune had coverage of the initial raid on Knight’s home in 2010.

The filthy Dirty Steve Manos got elected to Lake Elsinore City Council after this caper. In fact, his massive $1.3 Million Personal Bankruptcy was discharged just a few months after he was sworn in to office.

The Weak CAGOP Leadership has its’ consequences – a slimy third-tier candidate and swamp rates are picking an Assemblyman. I guess I should go have a derelict get a Real Estate License so CREPAC will fund his campaign too?

Meantime – there has been no member communication, intern calls, emails, social media – not a peep from the Party to support Kelly Seyarto. The Democrats will pick Steve Manos off if he gets through the primary.

Don’t Forget:

Manos has 5 State Tax Liens totalling $27,817.70 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010.

Steve Manos can not claim any excuse like the mortgage crisis as his financial issues and lawsuits started in 2002. In 2002, Special Steve Manos was liened by the federales and the one Bankruptcy we found was Discharged in May of 2013. That is an 11 year pattern of fiscal destruction

Records show that Manos just finished paying off the massive $71,000 Federal Tax Lien in 2018 – meaning that the problems are likely still ongoing as I only see evidence that the 2004, 2006 State Tax Liens were paid off.

Steve Manos has been on the Lake Elsinore Council since 2012. He was evicted from an office in 2012 with a $14,837 Lawsuit Judgement as part of the package. His Bankruptcy was about six months after taking office.

Manos claims to be a business owner since 1999. While on the surface that claim is true – it is grossly misleading as he has been sued 4 times successfully and evicted twice from commercial office space he was renting. 

Steve Manos talks about lower taxes and lower regulation – perhaps he supports lower regulation as he has spent 20 years dealing with regulators because of his personal conduct?

Mr. Manos also touts awards from the local Chambers of Commerce as a claim to buttress his business acumen. I guarantee you that if the Murrieta and Lake Elsinore Chamber of Commerce knew about $74,000 in IRS Liens, $28K in State Liens, 4 Lawsuit Judgments totaling $139,000 for a total of $241,000 before you add in the value of the defaulted loan in 2007 and the Bankruptcy in 2013, no one would give him the right time of day for at least 10 years for an award.

I suppose I could go to the rescue mission and recruit a better candidate for Assembly…

Feb 232020

Like I’ve said before, Get a Real Estate License and CREPAC will pour money in to your campaign. (It also helps when Daddy is a heavy hitter in the organization, too)

We’ve documented the legal maladies of Steve Manos. 7 Tax Liens, 2 Evictions (FROM REAL ESTATE OFFICES NO LESS), 4 lost lawsuits, etc…

Well, we found out that when the Riverside Press-Enterprise got their judgement against him for skipping out on an advertising bill, Special Steve Manos skipped out on his court date.

Whoops. Special Steve skipped out on a court date and then…

They had to threaten to arrest Steve Manos to get him to go to court.

Given that this was the leading edge of a series of liens, lawsuits, judgments, evictions and the like that culminated in a MASSIVE $1.3 Million Bankrputcy in 2013 (while Manos was on the City Council) this is relevant to understanding who Special Steve is.

Why the California GOP Leadership is content to do nothing while CREPAC buys a seat for this guy is beyond me. Perhaps they want to lose AD-67.

Feb 222020

So here’s the score. I have to limit what I post on this blog because of groups like ANTIFA and the Sierra Club that try to disrupt these events.

Bottom Line – 3/2/2020 a Dinner in Sacramento.

3/3/2020 – a Lunch in Danville

3/3/2020 – an evening reception in San Francisco

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