Mark Spannagel Continues to Bleed Doug LaMalfa’s Campaign

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May 242012
 

We take a break from our regularly scheduled beatings of Arnie Zeiderman and Jeff Seaton to post a press release from the Aanestad for Congress campaign. Please note that Sam Aanestad’s opponent (Doug LaMalfa) was a driving force behind Arnie Zeiderman’s election to California Republican Party Vice Chairman Northern Region.

Did He or Didn’t He?

Doug LaMalfa’s “Evolving” Position on Dirty Campaign Tactics

LaMalfa: “It’s completely independent…”

Matt Ray: “Independent as in Spannegal [LaMalfa Chief of Staff and paid campaign staffer] put it up…?” [KPAY-AM, 5/17/12]

Doug LaMalfa and the LaMalfa for Congress campaign have issued a number of false and contradictory statements about the illegal attack website,www.Sam4Congress.com, which has been traced back to LaMalfa Chief of Staff and paid campaign staffer Mark Spannegal.

What has Doug been saying? Well…let’s just say that his position has been “evolving.”

First he said, “It wasn’t me!”

“…it was not authorized by my campaign in any way, it was not condoned by my campaign…” [Burney Tea Party Candidates Forum, 5/15/2012]

“Neither Doug LaMalfa, nor the LaMalfa campaign, had any knowledge or involvement in the construction or posting of the website in question, which just came to our attention this morning.” [Sacramento Bee, 5/15/2012]

“…It certainly wasn’t productive or helpful to what I’m trying to do so I don’t condone it…”–[Burney Tea Party Candidates Forum, 5/15/2012]

“…hopefully that chapter’s behind…” [Burney Tea Party Candidates Forum, 5/15/2012]

Then his campaign tried to deflect the controversy by saying “The other side is just whining.”

“Political satire has a long history in American politics, something that thin-skinned candidates, or those trying to hide their record, sometimes have trouble fully appreciating.” [Sacramento Bee, 5/15/2012]

“(The complaint) has no merit and is nothing but a political ploy meant to divert the voter’s attention away from the real issue and his real record.” [Redding Record Searchlight, 5/16/17]

“The campaign did not solicit or in any way put up a website like that there.” [Interview with Matt Ray on KPAY radio, 5/17/2012]

“…I didn’t solicit it, I didn’t really want it to happen but there it is…” [Interview with Matt Ray on KPAY radio, 5/17/2012]

And now Doug is saying, “I took it down now…what’s the big deal?”

“…the steps have been taken, [to] make it go away.” [Interview with Matt Ray on KPAY radio, 5/17/2012]

“…it’s been handled…” [Interview with Matt Ray on KPAY radio, 5/17/2012]

“…Well, when you look at what would be in there, I mean, I haven’t spent a lot of time looking at that stuff, but basically it was kind of like poking a little bit of fun at things and all that…” [Interview with Matt Ray on KPAY radio, 5/17/2012]

“…there it is and so we’ve taken steps to make it go away…” [Interview with Matt Ray on KPAY radio, 5/17/2012]

LaMalfa: “It’s completely independent…”

Matt Ray: “Independent as in Spannegal [LaMalfa Chief of Staff and paid campaign staffer] put it up…?”

[KPAY-AM, 5/17/12]

As the FEC begins its investigation on the illegal website and details on the civil lawsuit against LaMalfa’s campaign and his chief of staff come to light, it will be interesting to see how Doug LaMalfa’s position on the truth continues to “evolve.”

The Apocalypse is Here: the Bee Endorses Sam Aanestad for Congress!

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May 012012
 

The editorial from the Bee is Linked Here regarding the CD-01 Race.

I am only going to focus on the CD-01 Race, because the CD-01 race editorial really shows that the Bee has been forced to adjust to Prop 14 – and is at least doing some critical analysis of candidates.

Between the two, Aanestad brings a deeper understanding of the issues and can more readily justify his stands. Given his background in health care, Aanestad could help inform the discussion of what likely will be a major issue in Congress in 2013 and beyond.

LaMalfa, by contrast, stumbled in our interview in explaining how the uninsured could gain coverage in a purely free-market system of care, which he endorses. He also needs to better explain how, as a recipient of farm subsidies and an advocate of smaller government, he’d reform the farm bill and trade policies so farmers like himself wouldn’t need taxpayer help.

This is it in a nutshell. LaMalfa shows up with his cowboy hat and says, “Aw Shucks” and people seem to melt. But, the farm welfare issue is torching his campaign like never before. The apparent hypocricy between LaMalfa’s anti-government rhetoric and the $4.7 million in his bank account is astounding and even the Bee recognizes that.

But – the next quote I believe sums up why the Bee chose Sam Aanestad and it is a similar line of logic that appears to be affecting multiple Bee Endorsements:

Aanestad, 65, has the endorsement of Rep. Tom McClintock, the Elk Grove Republican. While we disagree with McClintock on many of his stands, we are pleased he isn’t in lock step with Herger and most other Republicans, who’ve thrown their support behind LaMalfa.

Screw the establishment.

Even a busted clock is right twice a day, good job, Sacramento Bee. (even though they will endorse the Dem over the Republican in the fall.)

Doug LaMalfa – Dirty Campaigner?

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Apr 262012
 

Doug LaMalfa has complained about the things I have written about him many times. The problem for him is that when I torch him, I have evidence.

LaMalfa’s friends when they have attempted political revenge have almost never had evidence. There’s a difference (See also the alleged FBI investigation story now 18 months old)…

Well, Doug LaMalfa decided to decimate a democrat opponent for Assembly by tying her to Porn. Actually, it was David Stafford Reade who did it, but Doug LaMalfa condones David’s behavior and paid him for it for years… rightfully, Doug LaMalfa got ripped in the local press for doing what he did. At the time – Doug LaMalfa didn’t have Dave Gilliard helping him run media drills to get hit pieces run against local Republican volunteers – looks like he could have used it to avoid what the Redding Record Searchlight did to him:

Invoking porn king in ad, LaMalfa looks like prince of slime

By:Doni Greenberg Record Searchlight

Published: October 29, 2004

Hes one of us, proclaim the words on Assemblyman Doug LaMalfas campaign posters. A tiny cowboy hat hangs from an L– like somebody flung the hat there after a hard days work.

…Ironically, the voiceover on LaMalfas porn-king/McIver commercials features an interesting choice of words. They say LaMalfa opposes Flynts degrading treatment of women.

Really? So how does LaMalfa explain his degrading treatment of McIver?

(The article was excerpted)

LaMalfas linking rival to porn king is simply obscene

By:Bruce Ross Record Searchlight

Published: October 28, 2004

It was bad enough for the Los Angeles card clubs to butt into north state politics, but Assemblyman Doug LaMalfas ads proclaiming that his rival, Tehama County Supervisor Barbara McIver, is on a team with pornographer Larry Flynt takes slime to a new low. Whats beneath slug trails anyway? …

That said, the Los Angeles Casinos Political Action Committees ads have nothing to do with McIver. They were independently funded and produced by a special interest with its own agenda in mind, not McIvers campaign and certainly not north state voters well-being.

To state that McIver is on a team with pornographers is false. To imply that she favors prostitution, drugs and degrading treatment of women is preposterously sleazy.

Its also bizarre. LaMalfa is the Republican incumbent in a strongly conservative district, and he could certainly afford to

take the high road.

Simply running on his consistent anti-tax record — you know, the issues — would probably be enough to let him cruise to

victory.

Some say you can judge politicians by their opponents. LaMalfa is opposed by Los Angeles casino interests. McIver is opposed by an assemblyman practicing shameless gutter politics.

So when LaMalfa starts crying over getting hammered for his hypocricy – remember Barbara McIver. This again, shows that Mr. LaMalfa lives his life with a set of situational ethics – like those of his staff that continue to push unfounded rumors against Republican Volunteers.

The Paradise Post Just Torched Doug LaMalfa

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Apr 142012
 

LaMalfa one of us? Are you kidding me?

Is the title of the latest accountability for Doug LaMalfa. Read the Paradise Post Article here.

The article starts out talking about LaMalfa and David Stafford Reade stepping in to a vacuum for his first run for office. Using some of his family fortune, Doug LaMalfa won an assembly primary against some lesser-known opponents.

The theme of the article is illustrating that LaMalfa’s claim of being “one of us” is fraudulent.

The author, Jim Ledgerwood, started his indictment of Doug LaMalfa with the $4.7 million in federal farm welfare he and his family have taken – he segues in to a discussion of the Commercial Farm getting split up to get around the $180,000 a year limit on farm welfare.

He details how farm welfare is limited to the few large commercial farms and is rarely given to smaller, family farms.

Ledgerwood continues his indictment of LaMalfa chronicling how he helped found an organization that is all about farm welfare, how he used his office to benefit himself – right down to his attempt to turn Rice Straw in to a cash crop. (at the expense of taxpayers of course)

When the government pays LaMalfa and others not to grow rice – they can take their tax-payer funded water allotment and sell it to Southern California as well.

Ledgerwood reports that the LaMalfa “family farm” never received less than $161,592 in a year between 1995-2010. This included topping $500k one year and besting $400k three other years for an average of $293.427 – well over the $180,000 limit they circumvented.

Ledgerwood closes the article by pointing out that LaMalfa had a Mustang Mach-1 as his taxpayer-funded car and his six figure salary for infesting office…

Is Doug LaMalfa one of us, Ledgerwood asks?

If you are a millionaire rice farmer trust fund baby who has spent his whole adult life collecting government handouts, then the answer would be yes.

Ouch.

Doug LaMalfa Starting to Trail Blood: The Left Starts in!

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Apr 102012
 

This did not happen in 2010. But, 2012 is a new year… the era of fraudulent arrogance is getting challenged.

Conservative Fraud Doug LaMalfa is getting hit repeatedly for claiming to be a conservative while pocketing millions in taxpayer dollars – and when a communist like Steve Maviglio can accurately attack Doug LaMalfa without lying or spinning – it is bad news:

State Senator Doug LaMalfa, long known as a back bencher of what little there is left of the Senate Republican Caucus, has gotten headlines in the past few months because of his proposal for a re-vote on the high speed rail bond. Never mind that LaMalfa never supported it in the first place. Never mind that his rural northern California district will never see a high speed rail train. Never mind that construction unemployment in his district is hovering around the 20 percent mark. Never mind that LaMalfa, a self-proclaimed “fiscal conservative,” knows that a new election for the project would cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

LaMalfa is attacking high speed rail for one reason: publicity.

LaMalfa is a tough race for the 1st District U.S. Congressional seat with former college Republican Sam Aanestad and several other lesser known candidates in a heavily GOP district. Which means he’s doing cartwheels to do everything he can to portray himself as the uber-conservative in the race. A quick check of this website shows how this plays out: signing a pledge to repeal the President’s Affordable Health Care Act, signing the Grover Norquist no-tax pledge, and railing against all types of government spending.

Attacking high speed rail — one of the President’s signature projects to reduce unemployment and help American compete economically with infrastructure investments — is part and parcel of the right wing playbook. Which is why LaMalfa continues to beat the drum calling for a costly re-vote instead of applauding the cost-reducing changes being advanced in the High Speed Rail Authority’s new business plan.

The irony, of course, is that LaMalfa himself is the recipient of more than $4.7 million in federal farm subsidies. At a debate the other nighthttp://m.redding.com/news/2012/apr/02/lamalfa-faces-fire-in-debate/, one of his opponents called on LaMalfa to return the millions of dollars he’s pocketed. LaMalfa balked. (Hat tip – Michael D’Acquisto / Colonel Pete Stiglich )

He said, with a straight face, that he needed the federal subsidies to be economically competitive.

Meanwhile, LaMalfa’s ballot initiative is going nowhere fast and his bill, scheduled for a hearing in the Legislature, also appears doomed.

But hey, at least he got his name in the paper, right?

It’s interesting – Ted and Beth Gaines are out there grandstanding on ADA Lawsuits with bills that will never see the light of day – is this old-school “earned media” assault a standard page in the Dave Gilliard Playbook? (in addition to attacking other local Republican officeholders / volunteers?)

Return the $4.7 million, Doug LaMalfa – do your part to help the federal deficit.