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THE NOONER for August 14, 2015

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DISTRICT UPDATES:

  • AD36 (Antelope Valley): added special assistant to Speaker Toni Atkins Darren Parker (D)

 

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Happy Friday, the last day before the Legislature returns for its four-week end of the legislative year. I'm guessing that the Capitol and lobbying offices are pretty much empty. Argh, had a computer crisis this morning as the batteries in my Bluetooth trackpad died. Yes, #firstworldproblems to have go back to using a traditional mouse, but it actually was a real pain--things are backword and keeping track of the cursor is much harder. And, while would normally just switch to my MacBook Air and use its trackpad, it just doesn't work in this neck collar (can't look down). Fortunately, the local convenience store opened 8am, where I got to overpay for AA batteries.

Oh, and PG&E continues its gas line replacement next to my place, so I've had a jackhammer in my head all morning. Okay, I will stop whining.

AURAL PLEASURE: Back In Sac: California Politics Podcast - John, Marisa and Anthony talk the end of session.

Speaking of the end of session (or, technically, the year), I'll be doing the annual awards of most effective legislators and advocates. So, start thinking about your votes. 

LAW AND DISORDER: The Fair Political Practices Commission's agenda for its August 20 meeting is out. In it, a is fine of 23,000 is proposed alleging that State Senator Jim Nielsen laundered a contribution through the Tehama County Republic Central Committee. The accusation is similar to one that cost State Senator Tom Berryhill $40,000 in fines for sending money through two central commitees in support of his brother, now-senator Bill Berryhill.

The FPPC is doing its job, so please don't think this is an attack on the commission. Rather, it's an attack on the state's campaign finance system.

Proposition 34 was approved by voters in November 2000 in response to the courts finding that November 1996 campaign finance measure Proposition 208 was unconstitutional, as the contribution limits were considered too low.

While limiting contributions to candidates at $4,200 (or $8,400 for primary and general) for legislative candidates, Prop. 34 allows contributions of $35,200 to political party committees. It further allows contributions without limits from political parties to candidates. See where I'm getting?

Sure, the FPPC bans not disclosing funds as "intermediary" if they are intended to go to another candidate. This is what caught up Nielsen and Berryhill, along with the fact that contributions exceeded the applicable contribution limits by the parties. 

However, let's get serious. If you're a serious political player able to contribute $35,200 to a local or state politiical party, you also know darn well where that money is likely to be spent. We can pretty much all explain the top 5-10 races, and the players at the Assembly Speakers' Cup, which had a price tag of between $30,000 and $70,000 in 2008, are certainly in that knowledable club.

They just can't whisper in the ear of people affiliated with the party "I want $10,000" in a particular district. 

I've evolved over the years, and now truly believe in getting rid of campaign contribution limits and requiring 24-hour disclosure of contributions over $100. This sham of running money through county and state parties and pretending like it's not going to be spent on candidates is ridiculous. They fewer pass-throughs is better for those concerned in money and politics. Knowing where a candidate's money is actually coming from (as they certainly do) is the most effective form of checks and balances.

For now, only the lawyers are benefiting from the current system.

Meanwhile, here are the totals of contributions to county central committees in 2014, along with the registered voters with that party and the "contribution per voter":

 

Republican Central Committee Of San Luis Obispo County  $1,011,193 59,193  $17.08
Tulare County Republican Central Committee (state Acct.)  $599,183 63,249  $9.47
Sacramento County Democratic Central Committee  $589,490 295,022  $2.00
San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee  $522,472 180,459  $2.90
Fresno County Democratic Central Committee  $441,970 166,447  $2.66
San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee  $412,532 241,480  $1.71
Stanislaus County Democratic Central Committee State  $409,415 78,884  $5.19
Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee United Democratic Campaign  $373,500 357,873  $1.04
Santa Barbara County Democratic Central Committee  $279,593 79,392  $3.52
San Bernardino County Republican Central Committee - State  $246,826 294,381  $0.84

 

The amount per voter not seem significant, but remember that only a small percentage of voters contribute to political campaigns.

When I was chair of the Yolo County Democratic Party for five years, our fundraisers were the Annual Bean Feed (no joke!) and selling political memorabilia. Now they are getting $34,000 from labor unions, even though it's not really a competitive county. 

Instead, money went to Tim Sbranti for Assembly ($40,000), Steve Fox for Assembly ($40,000), and Rudy Salas for Assembly ($30,000). None of the districts touch Yolo County. Meanwhile, Davis councilmember Dan Wolk was in a heated battle with Bill Dodd for Mariko Yamada's Assembly seat. Dodd is now running against Yamada for SD03.

CA46 (Santa Ana): If any of you were still skeptical that Loretta Sanchez will continue her U.S. Senate bid, yesterday candidate Lou Correa received the endorsement from Loretta's sister, congresswoman Linda Sanchez.

More Consider the Gov. Race in 2018, but Not the Senate in 2016 [Joel Fox @ Fox and Hounds]

 

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FOLLOW-UP: On Wednesday, I told you dad's sister had a stroke and was in the hospital. Good news...she's home and there apparently is no permanent damage.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to League of Cities communications director Eva Spiegel and consultant Pam Woudstra! Weekend greetings to CFT's Kenneth Burt (Saturday). ACSA's Ashley Heatherly (Saturday), Davis city manager and former leg staffer Dirk Brazil (Sunday), Shallman Communications's Dave Jacobson (Sunday), and CA DOJ lawyer Maggy Krell (Sunday)

  

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  • FORMER WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF JOHN SUNUNU discusses the Bush 41 presidency, and analysis on how to rebuild the California Republican party in this exclusive interview: vimeo.com/136158974
  • "Crisp & entertaining...” “Gasp-worthy twists...” “An irresistible political thriller…” “Reminiscent of House of Cards..."  A beautiful legislative aide is found stabbed to death in the Capitol in this Sacramento-based murder mystery & thriller featuring environmental lobbyist Maren Kane. Will Maren be able to piece together clues and find the killer before she’s the next victim? Author Kris Calvin is a debut fiction author and long-time children’s advocate in Sacramento. ONE MURDER MORE published by Inkshares, Inc. is available in ebook or First Edition hardback on Amazon, in bookstores and at www.kriscalvin.com  
  • You're cordially invited to attend the Sacramento LGBT Community Center's 2nd Annual PRIDE Awards on August 18, 2015 honoring Speaker Toni Atkins and local leaders from the greater Sacramento and Capitol region. Join us in recognizing Speaker Atkins as our Person of the Year and Wells Fargo as our Partner of the Year. Review sponsorship and advertisement opportunities, and purchase tickets by visiting www.sacramentoprideawards.com or contact Julia Robinson at julia.robinson@saccenter.org (916) 442-0185 Ext. 104.
  • Meridian Pacific, Inc. Paid internship involving campaigns for Republican candidates, statewide initiatives and issue advocacy. Those who exemplify strong writing, research, and communications skills will be given preference.  Send cover letter and resume to: aaron@meridianhq.com.
  • Please Join Capitol Network at its Annual Back to Session Reception on Tuesday August 18th from 4:30-7 pm at Chops. Hosted wine and light appetizers will be provided.

    Questions? Please visit www.capitol-network.org or contact Amanda Levy at amandabrookelevy@gmail.com.

  • You're cordially invited to attend the 9th Annual HERO Awards on August 22, 2015 honoring leaders in the LGBT Community. We will be celebrating the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of Marriage Equality! Honorees include: Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Phill Wilson, and Councilman Bill RosendahlPlease click here to RSVP.
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    Candidates with experience in government, public affairs, and/or lobbying are preferred.  Strong office administration skills, ability to multi-task, and interface with executive level management required.  Competitive base salary, plus annual bonus opportunity.

    For more information and to apply, go to: bit.ly/1DTTRqT

  • CA Fwd and the Independent Voter Project invite you to attend California’s first Nonpartisan Primary Summit on Wednesday, August 19th at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento. Three panel discussions will focus on California’s nonpartisan Top­-Two primary and the future of voting rights. Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Senator Steve Glazer are confirmed special guest speakers. 

    Attendees will be treated to a lunch presentation and three panel discussions comprised of representatives from the California state legislature, voting rights experts, as well as academic and professional elections experts.

    Registration and check-in begins at 9:30am and attendance is free. RSVP online here.
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    Quiet location two blocks away from Capitol.  Share space with a professional services firm.  Up to three offices in six-office suite (2,300 sqft).  Conference room, copy/printer room, reception, kitchenette, janitorial, parking.  Terms are negotiable. 1510 14th Street, Sacramento. (916) 444-7158.

  • Jim Ross Consulting, a political media, public affairs and public relations firm is hiring an account coordinator. The position, located in Oakland, CA, is responsible for supporting accounts on a day-to-day basis, managing outreach and advocate relations, supporting programs and producing plans and reports. Send resumes directly to jim@jimrossconsulting.com more information can be found at www.jimrossconsulting.com.
  • Job Announcement: RALLY, an issue advocacy firm, is looking for Account Executives both in our Los Angeles and San Francisco offices. We are an issue advocacy firm that works at the intersection of strategic communications and public policy. We collaborate with inspiring partners to create powerful movements that galvanize the public and leave a positive legacy of change.

    Our Account Executives are responsible for client management. That means they are client-facing, are expected to show strong strategic thinking, and are tasked with the development of campaign plans, messaging frameworks, press plans, etc. Too see the full job description and qualifications, as well as to apply, visit linkd.in/1GmD5jH.

 

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