Jul 172019
 

Here’s the ballgame, 2014 was a year of anemic economic growth and was still in the muck of Obama’s economy. (ironic how dems today are trying to say today’s economy is Obama’s, when in 2014 they were blaming G W Bush) However, the bulk of the foreclosures had come and passed by then. There were also mortgage modifications and a variety of things set up to help people survive financial maladies. I am putting this out up front because of the knee jerk reactions some will have to a 2014 financial issue. The issue here is Bill Brough’s pattern as we are establishing going back years versus single, isolated events.

Most true fiscal conservatives I know were able to weather the storm. In fact, I bought my current residence in October of 2014. Brough’s wife makes more than double my entire household income.

Thanks to the Liberal OC, I learned that Bill Brough went $44,000 in the hole and was served with a notice of default / trustee sale on his residence.

Unless corrective action was taken in the past few days, The LiberalOC has learned that Brough and his wife Michelle are tens of thousands of dollars behind on their mortgage payments on their home and are facing foreclosure of the property.  The official title of the document is a “Notice of Default and Election to Sell Under Deed of Trust.”  The document says the Broughs are in arrears to the tune of $44,689.82 as of July 21 so add the payments for August and September to that total and the picture it paints is one of a candidate who cannot manage his own personal finances and is counting on an election victory to save his home.  We’re told the earliest the Brough’s could be forced to leave their home is late November, so he’ll have a valid address to run on election day but Thanksgiving might be spent packing.

From the document:  The default has been declared by the current beneficiary under that certain Deed and Trust dated as of March 13, 2008, executed by Michelle R. Brough and William P. Brough, wife and husband as trustor to secure obligations in favor of United States Senate Federal Credit Union as beneficiary recorded on March 14, 2008.  A trip to Brough’s campaign website confirms his wife’s name as Michelle.

The Brough’s have been instructed to contact the United States Senate Federal Credit Union to find out how to make arrangements to pay what they owe to stop foreclosure.  The heavy debt raises several questions.  Mainly, if elected, is Brough’s vote for sale?

Dan C from the Liberal OC asked the correct question, and while he is remiss to ask the same of his fellow democrats, this question is no less pertinent. Given that Bill Brough has been financially vulnerable since 2013 at least (He may well have stopped paying his mortgage in 2012), it certainly suggests why Mr. Brough appears to have been living off of his campaign account. It appears that his “business” cited in 2014 was fake and no more than front for his campaign. (P.S. Brough was able to sell the house before the trustee sale)

Now the equally as fake PAC Orange County Taxpayers takes on a whole new dimension. The “Office Expenses”, the “Fundraisers”, the “Strategy Meetings”, and paying family bills with the campaign account all makes better sense. We’ve seen this all before with Duncan Hunter and others. It is clear Brough could not afford to spend $30k-$40K a year at Brio and other restaurants without some sort of slush fund to use to finance his largess.

Then, a letter to the CotoBuzz website in 2014 sheds more light. (Again, I disclaim the left-wing bias of the site despite it’s claims of indepence) The author of the letter clearly is a Conservative and left a series verifiable issues regarding Bill Brough’s Maladies:

Dana Point, CA – I believe the city of Dana Point will not support  Councilman Bill Brough for the 73rd Assembly seat being vacated by Diane Harkey . The reasons are many. First of all he is the worst candidate for this seat. Mr Brough  is currently a member of the City of Dana Point City Council, the city where I reside. Many of us have seen first hand his work at the city council and its flat out deplorable. Mr. Brough has shown he has no principles except to live on the taxpayer’s hard earned money. He has demonstrated this time and again.
His so-called successful consulting firm folded in 2011. Shortly there after his personal residence went into default/foreclosure. What successful businessman makes that kind of decision?  During these past couple of years Bill has been flipping and flopping around looking for a job. In His LinkedIn Profile, Bill states he has worked for Libertas Consulting LTD from 2013 to the present http://www.corporationwiki.com/p/2eths3/libertas-consulting-ltd
That is a point of contention since Libertas filed its corporate papers in California on February 26, 2014. How could Bill be working for a company in 2013 that had not been formed in California till 2014? He filed the papers and is the agent of record. Please explain that Mr. Brough.

Remember, this letter to the editor now takes us back to 2011 when Bill Brough was alleged to have sexually battered and propositioned Lisa Bartlett, then a colleague on the Dana Point City Council.

Similar to the PAC we believe is fraudulent and the curious notations on Bill Brough’s campaign finance reports (aka reporting returned contributions 6 months before they were returned), here is Brough claiming employment from a business that did not exist until about a year after he claimed employment.

Similar to Brough being the agent of record on the business, he was his own campaign treasurer in 2014. Whoops.

The Author Continues:

Some say Bill  has been a leader in getting the long planned but stalled Town Center Project going again. Mr. Brough has gotten this project going again by discarding the Republican principle of having businesses pay their own way. Bill has advocated for years for lowering taxes and fees for the citizens of Dana Point and to encourage development of commercially zoned properties such as the Town Center area. Now Bill is following the lead of the lone Democrat on the city council to use city/taxpayer funds for improvements for businesses that aren’t even here yet. Mr Brough hasn’t gotten the stalled project moving again, our taxpayer money has.

Its a common theme in Bills profile: He gets paid by taxpayer money and spends taxpayer money. What we don’t need is another Republican following the lead of a Democrat, and what’s worse, he brought another Republican to follow the Democrats lead. The only accomplishment Bill can claim is he voted no against the plastic bag ban. Wow. The City is saved.

Note the main point of the letter – Bill Brough lives off the Taxpayers. This is not unlike living off of his campaign account. Of course add in the drunkenness, financial maladies and the pattern of sexual misconduct over the years and you have the total package.

To Be continued.

P.S. Don’t forget what’s at stake – another Republican Scandal on top of Duncan Hunter that could cost us even more at the ballot box while the bumbling, inept Chairman of the OCGOP does nothing. There are several pivotal election races in the area where this is exploding.

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…

Jul 152019
 

Bill Brough is in a lot of trouble.

Women are getting the courage to tell their stories after a few years of silence. Female victims of Bill Brough’s rampage including Lisa Bartlett, the Realtor from Laguna Beach, and two staffers who have reached your intrepid blogger. We’ve been told that upwards of 7 women may well have filed complaints with the Assembly Rules Committee. (One of which was a re-filed case that was blown off in 2016)

Bill Brough would have you believe that the swamp in Orange County is coming after him. Fight to the death he says. The problem is that it is precisely the swamp that is attempting to defend him in the form of Fred Whitaker and Pat Bates. (Again, this is my belief and I’ve laid out reasons why in previous posts)

As the political noose tightens and the scrutiny intensifies, more is being revealed.

When you take a look at Bill Brough’s Campaign finance records, a lot pops out.

Remember the shiny new Burbon Barrel? The Cigar Humidor and Cigars? A “Fundraiser” with 3 people that cost $1200? The “Retirement Party” that cost $2360? The Westin Copley Place diversion for a trip to a RedSox Game? $1800 to the Capitol Grille for a “Strategy Meeting” on 12-12-2017 when no one is at work legislatively?

Interestingly, Brough’s Campaign finance reports are littered with questionable expenses. We will continue to lay those out.

In today’s installment of the Tour-De-Brough, let’s address two notations to Brio Restaurant. 8-14-2018 for $4,000 and $9-10-2018 for $3613. Billed as a campaign event, according to whistle-blowers and sources, the event corresponds to Bill Brough’s 50th Birthday. Brio Restaurant happens to be Bill Brough’s favorite drinking spot and its’ owner is a personal friend. (This is so you understand why the expenditure is suspicious, not an allegation that the owner of Brio is involved in anything) Having witnessed a number of fundraisers, $7613 seems to be extreme for the cost of an event. The FPPC should look in to this and get checks and receipts to justify the extremely large expense. At best this is a grotesque waste of money.

People who know where Brough lives understand that Brio is close to the waterfront house Bill Brough is renting / residing in, in Dana Point. (At least public records do not show Brough owns that house) A couple weekends ago, Mr. Brough was vacationing and drinking in Catalina with its’ owner as well. You will see that Brio is on his campaign report a lot for “Fundraisers” and “Campaign events”.

As I type this blog, Bill Brough is preparing to go on another $12K-$15K junket to Ireland for the Irish Caucus. Being in office has its’ perks I guess.

In California, the Statute of limitations for Felony Money laundering appears to be 5 years. Misdemeanor is 1 year. I am not sure what type of money laundering Brough appears to have committed in 2013-2014, but it appears in either case he may well be in the clear for prosecution and I am not sure if the FPPC still has jurisdiction.

Take a look at the embedded screenshot from Bill Brough’s 2014 committee report from the 7-1-2013 thru 12/31/2013 reporting period.

Isn’t it odd that it says returned to committee in 2014? Before the lawyers descend with hair-splitting legal nuance, let’s look at all of it.

You see $13,000 earmarked as “Returned to Committee” in the 7-1 thru 12-31-2013 report.

Then when you pull the 1-1-2014 thru 3-17-2014 report you see another notation for $1500 and a miscellaneous increase to cash of $7500.

Then on 4-23-2014 $2500 is returned and 5-14-2014, another $4500 is returned.

It looks like excess contributions were laundered. Or money was floated on paper to an entity that never existed. Where are the receipts? Where are the checks? Who “donated” the money? What was the source of the money?

Worse, extensive research shows that the South County Taxpayers may well have never existed. There are no records of it in Orange County and it does not come up on the Secretary of State’s Office.

Now, given what we’ve documented about Bill Brough’s campaign finance – including over $13,000 worth of Verizon Wireless Bills – this looks to be just another in a growing list of fraud against his donors.

P.S. Don’t forget what’s at stake – another Republican Scandal on top of Duncan Hunter that could cost us even more at the ballot box while the bumbling, inept Chairman of the OCGOP does nothing. There are several pivotal election races in the area where this is exploding.

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…

Jul 142019
 

First off – thank you Readers for 695,000 hits in the Month of June 2019. It is greatly appreciated. 

While I have no direct proof that State Senator Pat Bates helped scuttle the first Assembly Rules complaints against Bill Brough, this is a widely held belief in activist circles.

The absurdity of this is underscored even worse when you realize that Pat Bates is a recognized founder and leader of the California Women’s Leadership Association. Pat Bates is the former Senate Permanent Minority Leader, a position currently held by Shannon Grove.

Bates, like OCGOP Chairman Fred Whitaker has been asleep at the switch. Worse, both may well be attempting to save face and salvage Bill Brough. This is another example of the sickening power of incumbency and the inertia of donors and the political establishment.

Worse, it is clear based on conversations with inside sources that Bill Brough is being helped with crisis communications by people attached to leadership within the GOP. However, to her credit Madam Chairman of the CAGOP – Jessica Patterson – is alleged to have spoken directly with at least one victim of Brough’s Rampage and may well have spoken to others. She is said to have offered support. If true, this signals a split within the ranks of the defend incumbents at all costs caucus.

It has also been put to this blogger several times by several people that the membership of the CWLA in Orange County are outraged and similar to the OCGOP (which has no July Meeting) there is a full scale revolt in both organizations. Meantime, Fred Whitaker is cowering in his bunker doing nothing – other than buttressing the false hope that Bill Brough has that he will ride out the storm.

I sincerely hope I am wrong about Pat Bates, but it has been rumored for several years that Brough was her pick to succeed her in the State Senate.

Fred Whitaker should have been ousted in January after the humiliation the GOP suffered at the ballot box in 2018.

In my search for answers, I came across a letter sent to the OCGOP Central Committee by Deborah Pauly. I am not a fan of Deborah Pauly at all, for starters, she is a perennial candidate. That said, even a loudmouth political gadfly is right occasionally. She lambasted Fred Whitaker for one of the few resolute decisions he made, this one related to the Late Mary Young. Whitaker is noted for his refusal to make decisions, conflict avoidance and smarmy two-faced communication style. It is also alleged that he has a problem with strong women, which may also be fueling his tacit defense of Bill Brough.

Pauly wrote:

February 18, 2019

Chairman Fred Whitaker is in a very uncomfortable situation tonight because he will have to reveal the true depths of his hypocrisy or ignore the passing of an OC GOP icon. Long-time volunteer and party faithful Mary Young unexpectedly and suddenly died last week. Tonight will be the first meeting since her passing. Mary has been a permanent fixture of the OC GOP for as long as I can remember.

Everyone in that room knows that Fred tossed Mary aside like a piece of trash when he took over the Republican Party. He had her unceremoniously removed from the Executive Board with no explanation.

She was devastated.

Everyone knows how distraught she was. She even called me — crying — to tell me she understood how I felt. Party leaders had enjoined her to their cause of deposing me from a duly elected Executive Board seat a few years prior. She apologized.

Mary had volunteered untold thousands and thousands of hours to the Republican Party.

Mary had donated tens of thousands of dollars to the Republican Party over the years.

Mary and her husband, who preceded her in death, donated the funds that allowed for the beautiful OC GOP HQ conference room.

Mary had recruited and engaged hundreds of volunteers — of all ages — over decades.

Mary supported whomever the establishment leadership told her to support, even when that candidate was bad for the party long-term.

She was loyal.

The Republican Party was her life. Fred Whitaker knew that. Everyone knew that. He took that from her and it had a significant and detrimental impact on her feelings of self worth and joie de vivre.

Who wants to lay odds? Will Fred deliver a heartfelt, pseudo-eulogy tonight after what he did to her? Will he be able to do it with a straight face?

For decades, the leadership of the Republican Party took advantage of Mary’s compromised state and need for their acceptance and confirmation.

That, my friends, is reprehensible on every level.

Deborah Pauly
(714) xxx-xxxx + [email protected]

I do not know the complete details surrounding this, but I was familiar with Fred Whitaker’s initial decisions as chairman where several party stalwarts that were not defeated by Luis Buhler’s $3 Million rampage against Central Committees statewide were discarded by Whitaker. Several alleged that the feckless, weak Fred Whitaker was taking orders from Buhler and crew regarding the leadership of the County Party. (This happened in other counties, so why not Orange, too) The OCGOP finds itself with a rudderless ship due in no small part to the massive expenditures by Buhler targeting several long-time party stalwarts, this is a fact.

No one believed or imagined that Chad Mayes would melt down in a narcissistic rampage and very few knew the truth about Bill Brough. That said, I believe almost no one had any faith that Brough’s skeletons would be day-lighted. The meltdown of Mayes and the exposure of Brough have basically beset any plans that Buhler and his team of consultants had related to controlling the day to day actions of the GOP. Worse, Whitaker’s arrogant cowardice in defending Brough threatens to completely unravel all of the gains the left of the GOP made on the OCGOP Cent Com.

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, I have devoted thousands of pages of blogs to the inner workings of the CAGOP. There is a term I coined called “The Oligarchy of Controlled Failure”. It is an apt description for the shrinking coven of consultants and “leadership” within the CAGOP that do not seem to care about elections, just their roles (or paychecks).

As of the writing of this blog, I am aware that Whitaker has fielded dozens, if not hundreds of calls related to Brough from all corners. As of the writing of this blog, I am aware that Pat Bates may well be the only local female GOP leader not publicly or privately critical of Brough – thus leading me to draw the conclusion that she is still defending him. Whitaker has yet to do anything other than a smarmy quote to the OCGOP and ignoring further media inquiries.

As our series on Bill Brough Continues you can expect:

  1. More on Bill Brough’s reprehensible personal conduct
  2. More on Bill Brough financing his lifestyle with his campaign account
  3. More on Fred Whitaker’s history as an explanation for his inexcusable behavior
  4. Information about the Toll Road Caper as some think (incorrectly) this had some bearing on the events surrounding Brough. (aka trying to deflect from Brough’s behavior) For example I’ve lit up the seriously flawed Bryan Maryott (running for CA-49) several times related to this long before any of this current drama. (note, Maryott has yet to weigh in on the Brough situation.)
  5. Any and every other target I feel like writing about whenever and however I’d like to

Blogger’s P.S. Little did I realize that Deborah Pauly’s letter related to Mary Young would end up being so timely. When she originally sent it, I dismissed it as another one of her famous cases of political Tourette’s Syndrome. Now, she looks like a Psychiatrist instead of a psychiatric case as she nailed Fred Whitaker.

To be continued…

P.P.S. Bill Brough made a facebook video on July 4th. He looked awful. I took still shots from the video in case he deletes it post scrutiny.

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…

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