Apr 102012

Here’s the score. Rumors that Dan Logue was colluding with Doug LaMalfa are 100% false – Logue is hiding out trying to make sure he doesn’t get a stray bomb or two in his living room…

… David Stafford Reade outsmarted himself. He recruited a County Supervisor to run against Dan Logue – he tried to stop the CRP from endorsing Logue. (Like they would go against an incumbent?)

David Stafford Reade thought Doug LaMalfa had the Congressional Race Locked up! Whoops.

Now Reade has the Republican Caucus mad at him for recruiting a candidate to bleed money off of Dan Logue AND the very real possibility that Doug LaMalfa is going to lose.

If David Stafford Reade thinks Gentlemen Jim Nielsen can beat Logue – he needs to be reminded that Pot is not legal in California.

If David Stafford Reade thinks there will be anything left of Doug LaMalfa after this Congressional campaign – he needs a padded cell with fingerpaints.

Why? David Stafford Reade / Dave Gilliard have made the political error of the Century… they tried to take over the entire north state, then along came some Conservatives.

Sam Aanestad is not Rick Keene. Keene refused to engage Doug LaMalfa until it was too late – Sam Aanestad is not messing around.

San Aanestad decided to take on Doug LaMalfa broadside and ask a very straightforward question – why are you talking about deficits and government spending when you’ve taken $4.7 million tax dollars in Farm Welfare?

Listen Here.

Reade and Gilliard have a problem. They’ve infuriated a ton of people – attacked Republican volunteers, tried to strong-arm candidates, floated crap to the local media – etc. etc. etc… the usual ethically challenged crap Consultants usually do. When you scorch the earth – it comes with consequences… in my case, LaMalfa tried to get even by using his psychotic supporters. I’m still here and they are scattered in pieces all over the political landscape.

It looks like LaMalfa is next.

The farm welfare issue is Doug LaMalfa’s Achilles heel. Make bank on it. Doug LaMalfa even advocated against state budget cuts to keep the farm welfare coming! Doug LaMalfa even helped found a Federal Organization that hired a lobbyist to prevent the Farm Welfare Reform Bill in 2007! Then the LaMalfa family split their “ranch” six ways to get around the welfare reform limits…

Dan Logue is the luckiest politician alive. If LaMalfa wins the run for Congress, he still destroys Jim Nielsen.

If Doug LaMalfa loses – he will be beat to a pulp with the world knowing he is a fraud and having to deal with a Pissed off Dan Logue and a pissed off Republican Caucus – because Logue’s money could have been donated to other Republicans running for Assembly… but, David Stafford Reade and Dave Gilliard in their brilliance had to cross that invisible line. Logue vs LaMalfa for State Senate in 2014? Oh, Please, Oh, Please…

Big Winner: Sam Aanestad
Big Winner: Dan Logue
Big Winner: Taxpayers
Big Loser: Fake Conservatives
Big Loser: Farm Welfare

Mar 072012

We’ve detailed how LaMalfa has taken $4.7 Million in Subsidies.

How the heck did his family get around the $180,000 a year limit imposed by Welfare Reform? Split the ranch!

By dividing the family farm subsidy into 6 pieces, the LaMalfas used a loophole to increase the amount of tax dollars they could take.  The limits on subsidy payments is $180,000 per individual per year. By having subsidies go to six different “farmers,” each member of the family is well below the limit.

Have a look at all the years of Team LaMalfa Rice Welfare here!

To recap:

1. Took $4.7 Million in Farm Welfare
2. Helped found an organization devoted to protecting farm welfare
3. Publicly Advocated for Farm Welfare many times
4. Authored Legislation to turn useless Rice Straw in to a $400,000 a year windfall
5. Split the Family Farm to Circumvent the $180,000 per year limit.

This is not the profile of a Conservative.

The correct question is to ask why LaMalfa has done little or nothing to change the system that forces farmers to need subsidies to survive. The next question is to ask what Doug LaMalfa really wants to go to congress for – it sure looks like it is to protect the Farm Welfare, what other conclusion could one draw?



Doug LaMalfa Used his Leadership Post to Benefit Himself!?

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Mar 022012

LaMalfa likes oversight of natural resources post
by:Tim Hearden Record Searchlight
Published: January 3, 2003

Freshman Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa said his appointments to four committees will give him the opportunity to fight for the north state’s interests. LaMalfa, R-Richvale, has been named vice chair of the Natural Resources Committee, and he’ll also sit on panels that deal with arts and entertainment, utilities and commerce, and legislative audits.

The natural resources post will give LaMalfa a perch from which to try to make good on his campaign promise to give agriculture a voice in the Legislature.

I’m really fortunate to be on that committee and to be vice chair of it because that’s where my passions lie, LaMalfa said

LaMalfa said he plans to push for more water storage and power plants and apply better scientific review of decisions that affect land use, timber, agriculture and development.

Aka: keeping farm welfare out of the menu of legislative cuts.

But – there is more, Doug LaMalfa authored legislation to turn Rice Straw in to a cash crop.

Rice Straw!? Basically a useless commodity became a cash crop after a bill authored by LaMalfa:

The rice straw tax credit bill increased the cumulative amount of this credit, for all taxpayers, to $400,000 in each calendar year. Doug LaMalfa’s bill eliminated the existing limit on the cumulative amount of this credit.

The California Rice Commission (which LaMalfa helped found) wrote:

“Ideally, instead of being unwanted and difficult to dispose of, rice straw would become a valuable commodity to be harvested for profit.”

Got that – folks. Useless crap that gets burned got turned in to a cash crop at our expense.

This is a $400,000 refundable tax credit, meaning if you owe $300k in taxes, you get a $100,000 refund. We call this corporate welfare.

Doug LaMalfa – Publicly Advocating for Farm Welfare

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Feb 282012

Doug LaMalfa has taken $4.7 Million in Farm Subsidies – he helped found an organization that hired a Washington D.C. Lobbying firm to thwart Farm Welfare reform in 2007. Now, Doug LaMalfa is being quoted publicly advocating for Farm Welfare.

This debate is not about the merits of the Williamson Act – rather, it is about LaMalfa, an alleged budget-cutter and fiscal conservative arguing against modifying the Williamson Act in the proposed 2003 budget. The following was printed in the Redding Record-Searchlight:

Our legislators must do more for farmersBy:Doug LaMalfaPublished: June 7, 2003
In your recent editorial you encouraged farmers organizations and other interest groups to bring pressure to bear upon theLegislature in order to protect the critical Williamson Act. I happen to be a farmer and one of the legislators who opposed  Gov. Gray Davis’ ill-advised attempt to eliminate the act. The Williamson Act is vital to the future of farming in California and farmers can be assured that many legislators share this position.In early February, I along with 29 fellow legislators wrote a letter to Davis urging him to abandon his plan to eliminate the Williamson Act, which was contained in his January budget proposal. The letter, signed by both Republicans and Democrats alike, highlighted many of the concerns you raised in your editorial. But another point on the issue must beraised.The California farmer faces some of the highest taxes, pays the highest workers’ compensation rates and is subject to the nation’s most onerous environmental regulations. Preserving the Williamson Act is essential for the future of farming in this state and I’m confident that the Assembly will demonstrate its support.What I’m not so confident about is how genuine the Legislature and Davis really are when it comes to promoting and supporting California agriculture….

Rather than fight to deal with environmental laws, he fought to keep the subsidies when the state at the time when the State was $35 Billion in the hole.

Farmers’ tax breaks in dangerCounties oppose Davis’ plan to cut Williamson Act
By:Tim Hearden Record SearchlightPublished: March 22, 2003
Rural counties are mobilizing to protect a 38-year-old program that provides tax breaks for farmers who keep their land in agriculture.The Legislature is expected to soon begin debating Gov. Gray Davis’ proposal to stop reimbursing counties for its contractswith landowners under the 1965 Williamson Act.
The cuts would cost counties about $40 million annually. Shasta County would lose about $250,000 a year, while TehamaCounty would lose as much as $1 million a year, local officials said.Farming advocates fear the cuts could discourage counties from participating in the Williamson Act program and leave farmland vulnerable to urban development…..A budget subcommittee could send the matter to the Assembly floor for debate this week or next week, said David Reade,chief of staff for Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale.Davis proposed the cuts as part of a plan to balance a state deficit estimated at as much as $34 billion. LaMalfa, a ricefarmer, adamantly op-poses taking money out of the Williamson Act, Reade said….

Why should farmers get treated any differently than any other people when it comes to budget cuts? How does LaMalfa justify this? Where was/is the leadership in fighting the regulations that have emperiled the family farmer?

What’s worse is the dependence on Farm Welfare and the complicity in perpetuating it.

Doug LaMalfa Gets Pounded

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Feb 182012

Doug LaMalfa had a really bad day today.

He got lit up for being #9 on the top ten list of Farm Welfare recipients in Northern California by the Redding Record Searchlight and Ryan Sabalow.

His response? “This guy is a paid mudslinger,” LaMalfa said of Park

LOL! Last September – LaMalfa got caught with his fingers in the CRP Proxy cookie jar and his response was to call people to tell them it didn’t matter that their proxies ended up in the hands of Bay Area Moderates because the proxies weren’t voted!

Now it’s nothing to see here – the guy pointing it out gets paid for his work!!!

Sam Annestad’s crew avoided commenting in the article on the $4.7 million haul of taxpayer money Doug LaMalfa has made. Then, later forwarded some news clippings of their own that prove the point of the graphic – Doug LaMalfa is #9 on the welfare list!

In opposition to the measured approach of Aanestad, Colonel Pete Stiglich came out and ripped in to LaMalfa…

Stiglich said it’s hypocritical for a fellow Republican to receive federal farm aid, especially because LaMalfa has billed himself as a leader in the fight against expensive government entitlement programs.

“When it meets his personal interest, it’s not a big entitlement,” Stiglich said.

Therein lies the rub. This is the primary issue with Doug LaMalfa – Conservative to your face and liberal behind your back.