Could the FPPC be the next fine they get?
I have chronicled how the Yolo County Clerk Recorder is in the bag with Gavin Newsome, ACORN and the like. We all know that the FPPC – the State Campaign Finance Regulatory Arm – is rather selective about their enforcement of Campaign Finance Laws.
Enter Mark Pruner. Mark is the reputed “Moderate” Chairman of the Yolo County Republican Party. Unlike most so-called Moderates, Mark actually volunteers significant time – including suing Jerry Brown over his expired Law License. Even though Brown’s friends on the State Supreme Court rendered their service to the Dem Party – dismissing the suit… Pruner still pressed it. Now the AG who Pruner sued is in charge of the licensing agency overseeing Pruner’s Law License.
Sorry – most Moderates (aka RINO’s) I have ever met sit on their butts and whine about the GOP while cutting deals with Democrats.
Attached is a letter from the FEC to Mr. Pruner after Pruner successfully pressed the issue about the Yolo County Democrat Party flaunting campaign finance laws. Some will remember the non-story pushed in Placer County over our Central Committee and one check – take a look at the press release from the Yolo County GOP to see what a real Campaign Finance Issue Looks like:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
YOLO COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE AND DAVIS DEMOCRATIC CLUB FINED BY FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION
Davis, CA – The Yolo County Democratic Central Committee (YCDCC) and the Davis Democratic Club have entered into a settlement with the Federal Election Commission. A settlement with the FEC was reached which included payment of a $1500 civil penalty by the YCDCC.
The action, under case number ADR512 and ADR513 stem from allegations by Mark Pruner, Chairman of the Yolo County Republican Central Committee that the Davis Democratic Club received contributions in excess of $80,000.00 and failed to report the funds and expenditures as required by law. An additional allegation cites one 2004 expenditure by the YCDCC made to MoveOn.org of $5,000.00 that went unreported.
The YCDCC in its response, contended that they “may have inadvertently” qualified as a political committee in 2004, but due to the scarcity of records could not assess the level of activity.”
In addition to agreeing to pay the fine, the Yolo County Democratic Central Committee has agreed to hire a compliance specialist and will be required to send two representatives to a Federal Election Commission conference. The Davis Democratic Club will also be required to send a representative to a Federal Election Commission Conference.
An investigation is also in process at the State level before the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).
Upon reading the action by the FEC, Kirby Wells, Yolo County Republican Committee vice chair stated, “All we want to see is a level playing field. Now that the FEC has acted, the Yolo County Democratic Committee and the Davis Democratic Club are required to abide by the same rules we have been following.” Wells also called upon the FPPC to “complete the process” and finish their investigation so that a full and complete picture of the scope of the YCDCC finance reporting failures could be ascertained by the public.
For more information about the Federal Election Commission please visit www.fec.gov, or contact them at (800) 424-9530
For more information about the Yolo County Republican Central Committee, please go to: www.yologop.org, or call Mark Pruner, Chairman at (916) xxx-xxxx
Yolo County Republican Party? How about news that despite a Clerk-Recorder who issued Gay Marriage licenses in defiance of state law along with Any-Twosome-Newsome, a Clerk-Recorder aligned with ACORN – the Yolo GOP pressed home a successful attack against the Yolo County Democrat Central Committee?
Sound far-fetched? Stay tuned.
Want more? How about the revelation that a member of the Yolo County Republican Central Committee is an ally of the extreme left in San Francisco and is actively working to attempt to undermine Republicans in office?
Yolo County – 28% Republican, but the scene of some fireworks.
Andy Pugno – get used to that name, it ain’t just Prop 8 anymore -
January 29, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Matt Rexroad (916) 648-1222
Pugno for Assembly receives campaign contributions from over 5,000 supporters
Sacramento, Calif. — Assembly Candidate Andy Pugno announced today that he has received financial contributions from over 5,000 supporters in his race for California’s 5th District Assembly seat.
Pugno’s campaign contributions through 2009 totaled $479,872. His campaign filings show he has $292,079 in cash.
“I am very fortunate to have such tremendous financial support behind me,” said Pugno. “Every single donation is helpful in helping me get out the message about my plan to fight excessive taxation and regulation in the State Assembly.”
Pugno supporters include State Senate Republican Leader Dennis Hollingsworth and Senator George Runner as well as Assemblymembers Dan Logue, Steve Knight and Ted Gaines.
Pugno is an honors graduate of UC Davis and McGeorge School of Law. He live in Sacramento with his wife, Colleen, and their two children, and is active at St. Mel’s Catholic Church in Fair Oaks .
Nowhere in the MSM did you see coverage of homosexual activists saying in court, “if we can’t marry, then no one should.”
Nowhere in the MSM did you see coverage of the No on 8 lawyers calling voting Yes On 8 a hate crime.
Nowhere in the MSM did you see coverage of how the judge refused to issue a reciprocating order compelling No on 8 to turn over their campaign documents the way Yes on 8 had to.
Nowhere in the MSM did you see anything close to a recitation of the legal facts – the most absurd of which is the claims that Homosexuals are a powerless minority. Hmmm, Harvey Milk Day? Our Assembly Speaker?
Again – the Prop 8 trial shows us why the American Media Establishment is a direct threat to our Republic and should be treated as propaganda and regulated under campaign finance law.
Quoting Andy Pugno: “But no matter how loud the pleas for sympathy become, there is simply no legal basis for the fantastical, unsupportable claim that the homosexual community in California is “politically powerless.” Does Equality California, California’s biggest gay lobby organization, think of itself as powerless? Does the Human Rights Campaign, which featured President Obama at their latest dinner, believe they are politically powerless? Are we to believe that these groups are politically powerless despite their ability to raise $43 million to oppose Prop 8, and to attract the support of the entire political establishment, Hollywood and the media? Not with a straight face we can’t.”
The bottom line – only Marriages produce Children. The fact that the voters had to be called on to remind the California Supreme Court of that fact is insane. The fact that the homosexual lobby has run to a liberal judge to usurp the will of 7 million voters and the above comments prove their agenda in their mind justifies tyranny, persecution and whatever other means in order to be advanced.
The Bottom line? – quoting Andy Pugno Again: “What may be lost in all the sensationalism of the past two and a half weeks of trial is that the burden of proof to invalidate Prop 8 lies squarely with the plaintiffs. They cannot win unless they prove that the voters were “irrational” when they chose to preserve the traditional definition of marriage in our state. Contrary to their public relations claims, the outcome of this case does not depend on whether the Prop 8 sponsors can prove that homosexual marriage will harm traditional marriage. The controlling legal issue is not whether homosexual marriage is good or bad, but rather whether the people have the right to decide what is best. The plaintiffs simply did not carry that burden.
Meanwhile, we have shown that limiting marriage to its longstanding definition is rational because marriage benefits children, not just the adults. Whenever possible, it is best for a child to have both a mother and a father. And man-woman marriage is the only human relationship that can biologically serve that distinctive purpose. A same-sex relationship can never offer a child both a mother and father. It’s that simple.
The plaintiffs put on a spectacular show-trial of irrelevant evidence, calling to the stand many “expert” witnesses to testify that allowing homosexual marriage would: help local governments raise more tax revenues, help gay and lesbian couples to accumulate greater wealth, and improve the self-esteem of homosexuals. But those are political arguments for society to consider, not legal support for the claim that the US Constitution contains the right to homosexual marriage. The courtroom is simply not the proper forum for what is clearly a social, not a legal, appeal.”
I predict that Judge Walker will legislate from his bench and cite the emotional arguments of the No on 8 side in his decision.
It wouldn’t surprise me to see my name on a list of bigots somewhere soon – remember, it’s all about tolerance, right? (forget what the voters think)
The significance is enormous – Officeholders and Grassroots clubs are endorsing Keene… usually the two are exclusive of one another.
Nevada County YR. College Kids – young professionals, volunteers… not wealthy donors or entrenched tax-raisers…
Excerpting the Press Release:
The Young Republican Federation of California is the largest and most active young Republican organization and is one of the most important Republican grassroots organizations in the state. In the past, the YRFC endorsement has often been a key indicator of which candidate grassroots conservatives in California will support in elections.
Keene has previously been endorsed by YRFC Chapters in Butte, Yuba, Sutter Counties as well as the state YRFC.
I wanted to pass along this message from the folks over at the Rick Keene for Senate campaign. They’re having a major press conference in Redding tomorrow to announce the endorsement of Mayor Patrick Jones and they need us to come out and show some support!
OUCH! Right in the heart of the area LaMalfa was depending on – the Mayor of the largest city in the district has bailed on LaMalfa and endorsed Rick Keene.
This is in stark contrast to the endorsement switchers announced by Meg Whitman (for example) – those that switched to Whitman were because of Consultants or because of promises made… Those that have switched to Keene have done so due to his message.
It seems that when LaMalfa speaks – people endorse Rick Keene.
Well – Judge Walker wormed around the 9th Circuit decision against forcing the release of internal campaign documents and guess what?
The Catholic and Mormon Church’s role was put on the stand. Worse – Religion was put on the stand.
Read this incredibly biased AP article about the trial and notice how they downplay the fact that the Speaker of the California Assembly is gay in an effort to lend their news organization as an assistant to the plantiffs. (no on 8 )
The concept that Gays are an oppressed minority is absurd. The article’s title – Professor says Gays are Politically Unpopular – basically says we need to overturn prop 8 with a court because 34 of 35 gay marriage initiatives have failed at the ballot box.
Thanks to Judge Walker – the No on 8 crowd will have a much easier time winning as they will know the strategy used by Yes on 8.
Most troubling is this excerpt from Andy Pugno summarizing today’s installment of absurdity:
Today, the legal challenge to Prop. 8 took an ugly turn as religion itself was put on trial. Plaintiffs’ witness Gary Segura, a Stanford University political science professor with expertise in the area of the political power of minorities including homosexuals, summed it up when he said “religion is the chief obstacle for gays’ and lesbians’ political progress.”
In trying to make the case that homosexuals are a vulnerable minority with no ability to achieve and secure success in the political system for their interests, Professor Segura blamed hostility, political opposition and even violence towards gays and lesbians on the teachings of major religious denominations. He further testified that there is no more powerful organization in the United States – save the government – than the church. Particular scrutiny was given to the official religious doctrines of the Catholic Church and Southern Baptists about marriage, family and sexual relationships. Therefore, according to his logic, gays and lesbians must be given special legal protection by the U.S. Constitution against religion itself.
So – Prop 8 hurts people’s feelings, overturn the will of the people… when that doesn’t work – smear the Church.
At least the professor is honest about it. (Unlike the AP)