Jul 092019
 

It has become clear that the strategy of Bill Brough and crew is to try and run out the clock. Somehow, they hope that the fury of the allegations coming out against the embattled assemblyman will abate.

Sorry Bill, we have a ton of stuff we are working on (including more female victims).

4th of July Videos aren’t going to help, either. #HANGOVER

Jul 072019
 

Your intrepid blogger is now in receipt of the very same letter referenced in the LA Times from Victim #4 whose original Assembly Rules Committee complaint was dismissed on technicalities.

In February of 2015, Assemblyman Bill Brough followed me into the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel and sexually battered me by pressing his erection against me and saying, “You know I’m really into you, right?” I was shocked and disoriented and stammered something about being married. I’ve no idea why I said those particular words, but he replied, “So am I.” This happened after almost two years of subtle and overt attempts to initiate an intimate relationship with me. At all times, he has been in a position of power over me. When the un-welcomed conduct began, he was a Chief of Staff working for the Assembly and I was a district representative working for the Senate. The power imbalance remained when he became a legislator and I accepted a governmental affairs position that required me to lobby state legislators, the position that I still hold…

Read the above paragraph as many times as it takes to comprehend it. This woman re-filed her complaint after it was dismissed on technicalities the first time. The letter I obtained is dated 3-22-2018. Again, I ask the question, why are the men in OCGOP leadership refusing to protect women? Note, that Bill Brough repeatedly denied the existence of this complaint and others when asked directly about it, only to later show off the letter dismissing the first complaint to the OC Register as some sort of vindication.

As with the previous victim who communicated with me and asked for anonymity, so did this victim. It is been made clear to me that Bill Brough knows who this person is as well. This proves then that there are a lot of details in this claim of misconduct that are undeniably true. In fact, before dismissing the original complaint from this victim on a technicality the Assembly investigators conceded that the claim was legitimate. (Read on)

…Through my conduct, I established an unmistakable pattern of behavior that showed I did not welcome Assemblyman Brough’s advances, but the Assembly investigation ignored this evidence and, instead, focused on whether or not his behavior could have been misunderstood, or that he reasonably believed it was consensual behavior. This incorrect standard always favors the abuser. All he has to do in order to avoid consequences is be secretive enough to make the allegations hard to prove; he goes free while I have to rearrange my professional life.

Again, I ask the question is it any wonder why it is so difficult for women to come forward?

…Unfortunately for me, my job in government affairs requires me to socially interact with legislators like him, especially the ones from XXXXXXXXXXX. I agreed to meet him for drinks after work, but would only go to well-lit public places, and agreed to lunch meetings during business hours. I declined other requests such as going for a walk on the beach during what was supposed to be a business lunch in the district, or accept a hotel room from him during a campaign

I also declined his proposition for an extramarital affair. I was told by Tosha Cherry that the investigator did substantiate this act, but that no violation of Assembly policy was found. As I explain below, this is a literal violation of one Assembly policy, and it should violate others.

I have been told by several people over the years that the investigation process is incompetent and lazy. I tend to agree with their opinions after reading this letter and people with a similar attitude toward doing their job have been in charge of handing rules committee complaints EVEN AFTER the #METOO explosion.

The punchline is at the end of the letter:

I did what I was supposed to do in reporting his propositions for an extramarital affair and sexual battery.  I made it clear during the interview that I did not want a lawsuit, and was not seeking to publicly attack the Assembly or Assemblyman Brough.  However, the conclusion in your letter dated March 9, 2018, is transparently incorrect and plainly does not apply or follow the California State Assembly Policy Against Sexual Harassment.  The Assembly Committee on Rules needs to follow its own policy in the determination of this and all investigations.  If the Assembly Committee on Rules continues a course of not following its own policy, there must be public scrutiny of the process to ensure justice for victims of sexual harassment. To date, the only legislators that have suffered meaningful consequences for their actions are where the victims went public.

This is another example of how the system is rigged. The victims are forced to go public and are then blackballed from getting another legislative or lobbying job again. Even as I type this, power brokers in Orange County are at war with each other behind closed doors over how to deal with the Bill Brough Issue. Seldom, if ever do I get any updates where anyone gives a rip about the victims.

Again, contrast this to the political operatives that accuse Judicial Nominees or the President. This claim is extremely specific, was made within a short period of time from the incident in question and has corroboration. Also note that the victim was attempting to seek private redress for her grievances, not public redress UNTIL the Assembly Rules Committee chose expediency over doing their job.

Meantime, the inaction of political leaders allows Mr. Brough to dig in further. To be continued…

Jul 052019
 

I don’t know Liz Richie. I know others that were original Trump Supporters that have little good to say about her. After I got an email from her, I can see why people were all too willing to tell me about how she mistreated volunteers and the like.

Liz was the Norcal Trump Volunteer coordinator. She forwarded me an email written for her by someone else, because when I sent the email to other Trump people they told me it was clearly not in her voice. Peter Kuo does not speak English as a first language, and is known to have broken English (though he does speak well) thus it does not appear that Kuo wrote this either.

The 2016 Trump Campaign Sunnyvale phone bank headquarters was located at 1133/1135 Sonora Ct Sunnyvale, Ca 94086, headquarters for Wbiso International E-Commerce, Inc a company that is endorsed by China’s Ministry of Commerce. 
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A quick google search on this property shows that a man by the name of Gary Ge  is in charge of the location  and the business.
Google searches also show that Gary Ge aka. Boalin Ge is the President of Tianjin Silicon Valley Tianjin Chamber of Commerce American Association for the Promotion of Asian Trade
When Peter Kuo ran for CAGOP Vice Chair – your intrepid blogger went in to some depth about all of the foreign businesses Kuo was involved in. Many of the enterprises are in fields that are fraught with fraud and other issues.
People within the Trump campaign told your intrepid blogger that ironically, Liz Richie was one of the first to float the idea that Peter Kuo was a Chinese asset. I don’t think Kuo is a communist or a asset, I just think he is a con man.
When Peter Kuo helped get a spot in Santa Clara County for a phone bank, he claimed to have leased a location at this address. There is ample proof the phone bank was here. Those involved in the effort dispute several claims made by Kuo:
1. Kuo claims to have led efforts to make 100,000+ calls. The real number was a fraction of that, Kuo was part of the team, not a leader.
2. Peter Kuo was not Chair of Four Counties. In Fact, San Francisco County never really had a chair according to two people within the Trump operation in 2016. This is another lie by Peter Kuo, and I have emails and lists to prove it.
The location that Kuo “leased” for the Trump team was reported as dingy and “a mess” when they first started to occupy it to make their calls. A lot of people reported not feeling comfortable with the area either.
Then there is this:
WBISO is endorsed by China’s Ministry of Commerce and partners with China Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (CASME) and offers vendor verification as well as a customs database to make sure that you know who you are doing business with. As a member you will have access to the database that will allow you to build relationships within a global marketplace. A trained WBISO business service consultant can offer the precise, personalized service your company requires in order to successfully source products from China. WBISO was founded to help small- and medium-size U.S. businesses thrive in the Chinese market.
Did Peter Kuo get help from the Chinese government to get space for a Team Trump phone bank in 2016?

Then there is Liz Richie’s Email to me – which I responded to with this simple answer: Liz – There was nothing attached. And the tone of your email is absurd. Peter Kuo is a con artist and it is too bad you’ve been taken in by him. 

Aaron,
It was brought to my attention that you posted incorrect information regarding CRP Vice Chairman Kuo’s volunteer position during the Trump for President Campaign in 2016. Your post is not only false, it is counterproductive to the mission of getting President Trump re-elected.
The letter that you use as “evidence”, specifically says, “We are part of the team that helped Donald Trump win the California primary, and then the Presidency. Mr. Kuo supported Mr. Cruz in the primary and started volunteering for Mr. Trump the day Mr. Cruz suspended his campaign for President. The 2016 Trump campaign leadership team was formed meeting for the first time July 1st after candidate Trump won the GOP nomination.
The regional, county and city leadership was the key focus inJuly through August of 2016. Mr. Kuo’s name was recommended by several Bay Area GOP leaders.  Peter’s credentials were excellent so we brought him on to be the Regional Leader for Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco counties. Mr. Kuo’s subsequent work in finding and setting up a Trump 2016 call center that led to over one-hundred-thousand calls during the final weeks of the campaign, If needed, this information can be confirmed by the California Political Director and Field Operations Manager for Trump 2016, Malcolm McGough. I am including an email I sent to Mr. Kuo and at least thirty others confirming that role.
Now that you have been presented with the truth, I respectfully request that you retract the false statement regarding Mr Kuo’s involvement with the Trump 2016 campaign and apologize to Mr. Kuo. He set up one of the highest volume call centers whose impact was invaluable to the success of securing many of the battleground states and the Trump Presidency.
Aaron, we have a tremendous task in 2020. The Democrats will do or say anything to defeat our President. They will stop at nothing, that includes dividing us; unfortunately, you are doing their work for them. Please get on board and join us, so that in 2020 we can continue the work of Making America Great Again!
I was laughing out loud, and even more so once I spoke to half a dozen people in the Trump team about this. Peter Kuo should probably start fact-checking himself, and even more so if he is going to get other people to fight his battles for him…
To be continued…
Jul 032019
 

As of today, despite the mounting list of issues with Bill Brough, the Orange County Republican Party leadership has done nothing other than a milquetoast comment and a bunch of no comments. Could there be a connection between this refusal to lead and the thousands of dollars Mr. Brough has donated to the OCGOP? It is a fair question.

On Monday 6-17-2019, Lisa Bartlett, a Supervisor told her spellbinding story to an audience that sat in stunned silence about Bill Brough’s Harassment and unwanted advances toward her.

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”.

This story was broken on the Right on Daily Blog 40 hours later despite attempts by the OCGOP Leadership to “Keep it in the Family”.

Against Assemblymember Bill Brough, at least two more alleged victims have come forward to your intrepid blogger regarding their stories. This brings us to a total of three women that your intrepid blogger is aware of. (as of 6-20-2019) I have yet to meet the person that filed the claim with the assembly rule committee that appears to have been stuffed. Right On Daily wrote about a female victim that was later quoted in the Los Angeles Times.

That story was written here on 6-20-2019 several days before the LA Times.

In May of 2018, Bill Brough lied to my face, denying the existence of an Assembly Rules Committee Complaint when I asked him about it. He also appears to have lied to several other political leaders in the area in denying the existence of an Assembly Rules Committee Complaint – even as the feckless Fred Whitaker is trying to figure out how to maintain the incumbent protection plan.

On 6-21-2019 The Orange County Register weighed in, quoting Right on Daily as a source. They also got bill Brough to confirm the existence of at least one complaint to the Assembly Rules Committee by a female victim. (We now know there were at least 2 more).

6-24-2019: The Sacramento Bee and the Voice of OC joined the chorus.

Then on 6-26-2019, Right On Daily began an investigation of Bill Brough’s campaign finance records. We learned that his portable bar (called a Burbon Barrel) appears to have been paid for with campaign funds.

We also learned that the embedded picture corresponds to a family trip paid for by the campaign account to a RedSox game.

Once the shock wore off regarding such blatant abuses of his donors, we dug further.

We highlighted a sampling of what appears to be a string of luxury dining engagements paid for at donor expense:

$1800 to the Capitol Grille.

$1200 to Mastro’s Steakhouse.

Both events claim 3-4 attendees.

$2360.80 to El Niguel Country Club for what turns out to be a retirement party for a former Chief of Staff that used to live with Brough in his Sacramento apartment. (That is affectionately referred to as Brough’s Rager Pad)

Is Bill Brough covering up other personal expenses in these blatantly large payments?

Then we detailed $13,400 in payments to Verizon Wireless, suggesting that Bill Brough has straight out been paying his families’ phone bill with his campaign funds.

In addition to the previous revelation about the “Burbon Barrel” we learned that Brough may well have purchased a Cigar Humidor and hundreds of dollars worth of cigars with campaign funds as well.

We could very well have a second Duncan Hunter type scandal in the ranks of the GOP legislators in Southern California.

Meantime, our investigation shows Brough has written several checks to the Orange County Republican Party. We Challenged the leadership of the OC GOP over why they are refusing to protect women, including volunteers and political staffers (let alone Lisa Bartlett who is a Supervisor), preferring instead to say No Comment. The LA Times story detailing several sordid stories was replete with cowards in local government in Orange County that refused comment as well. Cowardice enables evil, this has been a pattern throughout history.

We now know that Brough may have dozens of campaign finance violations. Some may well be crimes as well.

We have two women on the record with their incidents of harassment, which include physical confrontation.

We have three more women (one of whom talked to your intrepid blogger several days before the LA Times) who are known to have filed complaints regarding Brough’s actions.

The incidents are at different times in different places and have corroboration.

Yet, Fred Whitaker and the OCGOP Leadership are enabling Bill Brough by doing nothing… Is Fred Whitaker just a coward or has his silence been bought? The Rank and File OCGOP Member should call for and vote for Fred Whitaker’s removal along with that of Bill Brough.

… to be continued.

Jul 022019
 

Your Intrepid blogger has been on a search for answers since learning that Bill Brough, a man I helped elect in 2014 has been an out of control hypocrite in the legislature. Worse than being a hypocrite is how he has abused his office for sex, and has been financing a double-life at the expense of his donors.

We detailed several things about the sordid state of affairs (literally and figuratively) in the life of Bill Brough.

We’ve taken a break from the gut-wrenching stories of the Women he has mistreated for a look in to his campaign finance accounts. What we’ve found has been disturbing, we’ve found a junket funded in full by his campaign account, with at least part in clear violation of the law. We’ve learned about his Burbon Barrel, described by Bill himself as his prized possession clearly paid for with campaign funds.

We’ve talked about grossly overpriced events that may well have been cover for Bar Tabs, personal items or buying gift cards with campaign funds.

Today – we are asking if Bill Brough can hear us all. We’ve learned that Bill Brough has been charging the ENTIRE amount of his personal phone bill to his campaign. Source material is linked here.

Just how much has Bill Brough charged his campaign account for his Cell Phone??? $13,245.38 Cha-Ching Verizon. It would be fun to see if Verizon still has copies of all those drunken Text Messages Brough is alleged to have sent his harassment victims. Maybe Todd Spitzer can help with that?

My own Cell Phone Bill is about $140 a month. My part is usually about $100 of the total. I take a $50 a month reimbursement from my insurance business because a flat $50 will stand up in tax court and it is roughly half of my bill. I’ve been told by others who use Verizon that a family of 4 is about $250 a month. It is easily within the bounds of logic to stipulate that Brough is paying for his entire family’s Cell Phone Bill out of his campaign. The FPPC needs to take a look at the receipts and copies of checks, this smells to high heaven. $13,245.38? No way in any reasonable stretch of the imagination this is only Bill Brough’s Cell Phone Bill…

Any political consultant looking to use the above meme in campaign mail has my express permission to do so – just give the Right On Daily Blog attribution. Thank you.

So, to those of you that have been to Bill Brough’s office and have seen his Bourbon Barrel and maybe have had a shot with him… that Cigar Humidor? You guessed it. His donors bought that Cigar for you too.

If the image is unclear, it is highlighting a payment (on the FPPC website it is dated 12-15-2017) to Daniel Marshall, Inc. The Payment is for $1310.97.

Daniel Marshall, Inc. is a high end manufacturer of Cigar Humidors. Bill Brough’s donors can rest easy knowing that Daniel Marshall is rated as the #1 Humidor by Cigar Aficionado magazine.

Back in my drinking days I used to smoke, but I never tasted much of anything after the first six-pack. Along those lines, I am not sure why Mr. Brough needed high-end cigars in addition to the Burbon Barrel.

A check of the website reveals that most of the humidors are $400-$500 a piece, thus one could conclude that Brough purchased a supply of overpriced cigars too. Perhaps the FPPC needs to check some receipts for the AHEM Office Expense. (Well guess what, the Cigars are on his 2018 460… in addition to this expense. Was the Humidor $1300 by itself???)

As I type this post, I am aware that these blogs are receiving a level of Traffic last approached in our takedown of the former Sheriff of Riverside County. Will the Orange County Republican Party Step up to the plate and call Bill Brough Out?

Or will they continue to say “No Comment”?

To be continued…

 

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