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E-160 - Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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TRUMP TAX RETURNS: Lawsuit information page for SB 27 (McGuire and Wiener): Primary elections: ballot access: tax returns.

MONEY MATTERS: This is the space where we look at interesting contributions to party committees or non-capped "ballot measure" committee accounts affiliated with legislators. Standard contributions to candidate committees up to the 2020 limit of $9,400 for primary and general are not included.

  • SD06: Dr. Richard Pan's 2018 committee has put $150,000 into a committee focused on defeating the recall targeting the senator. The recall is led by anti-vaxx activist Austin Bennett, who has repeatedly harrassed Pan and shoved the senator in front of Frank Fat's. Bennett ran as a write-in against Pan in 2018, garnering 530 (0.3%) of the vote. 


  • SD21 (Santa Clarita-Palmdale): added author/speaker Dana LaMon (D) - toss-up - challenge of Scott Wilk (R)
  • SD27 (Ventura): added businessman Houman Salem (R) - likely Dem - challenge of Henry Stern (D)
  • AD25 (Fremont-Santa Clara): added Natasha Gupta (D) - safe Dem open seat (Kansen Chu is running for supe)
  • AD73 (Coastal south Orange County): added Jeff Kitchen (D) - likely Rep - unclear whether Bill Brough will run for re-election


  • beJUULED
  • Cakeday and Classifieds

Just another manic Wednesday...wish it were another day...some sort of fun day... Have I mentioned here my surprise when discovering that Prince wrote that song? Anyway, after living through 16 innings to watch the Giants lose last night I slept until after 8am, which is incredibly unusual for me.

There's a new California presidential poll out this morning. I'll be reading it after today's Nooner goes out and write about it tomorrow and likely will be tweeting on it this afternoon.

beJUULed: Holy crap, I slept in and woke up to the story that JUUL's CEO has stepped down and that it is ceasing all advertising. Matt Novak writes for Gizmodo:

"Juul Labs CEO and cofounder Kevin Burns is stepping down from the San Francisco-based e-cigarette giant, according to a press release published on the company’s website. Juul also announced that it will stop all print, digital, and broadcast advertising in the U.S., effective immediately.

The CEO’s resignation comes in the wake of at least nine deaths from vaping related illness across the U.S. in recent months, none of which have been linked directly to Juul. The company has also pledged to stop lobbying the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on e-cigarette related issues.


Burns will be replaced by K.C. Crosthwaite, the Chief Growth Officer at tobacco giant Altria, which owns 35 percent of Juul Labs. Crosthwaite formerly worked as an executive overseeing Marlboro cigarettes at the company and was in charge of pushing into non-combustible cigarette devices like the IQOS.

Philip Morris International and Altria Group have announced that they will no longer seek a merger. Juul Labs did not immediately respond to a request for comment."

Altria's "Chief Growth Officer" is essentially now the chief wind down officer. Sorry for the elected officials and the California Democratic Party with their hands in that cookie jar.

I agree that vaping is likely a healthier alternative to smoking, but I would be willing to bet that it is a prescription alternative for people trying to quit smoking in the next couple of years. For retailers (placement/advertising) and politicians (campaign contributions) who loved the money that rolled in, those days are probably over.

Altria's (parent of Philip Morris, er, Marlboro) stock is now trading around a 52-week low (down around 3% as of 10:30am), largely because of its $12.8 billion investment in JUUL, which was worth 35% of the private company. If you invest solely based on return, MO is highly attractive with an 8.48% dividend yield. Of course, the yield is high because the stock is 40% below it's 52-week high of $66 a share. That dividend comes from the core tobacco business and not JUUL.

Let's look at who has taken JUUL/Altria/Philip Morris dough this year along with some related legislative events after the jump...

We may be saying farewell to the surge of tobacco and e-cigarette money that we've seen this year, so let's pause to remember who took it along with some events of the year.

12/3/18: SB 38 (Hill), a bill to ban flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes is introduced.
JUUL Labs 2/6/19 Friends Of Frank Bigelow For Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
JUUL Labs 2/14/19 Gray For Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
2/19/19: AB 739 (McCarty and Wood), a mirror of SB 38 is introduced. The bill would never be set for a hearing in Governmental Organization, chaired by Adam Gray.
JUUL Labs 2/25/19 Devon Mathis For Assembly 2020, Devon Mathis $4,700.00
JUUL Labs 2/25/19 James Gallagher For Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
JUUL Labs 2/25/19 Moorlach For Senate 2020 $4,700.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 3/8/19 Brian Dahle For Senate 2019 $4,700.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 3/8/19 Kevin Kiley For Senate 2019 $4,700.00
JUUL Labs 3/16/19 Andreas Borgeas For Senate 2022 $4,700.00
JUUL Labs 3/30/19 Gipson For Assembly $4,700.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 4/11/19 California Independent Leadership Alliance $25,000.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 4/11/19 Taxpayers For Gaines For Board Of Equalization 2022 $7,800.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 4/11/19 Bill Brough For State Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 4/11/19 Borgeas For Senate 2022 $4,700.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 4/11/19 Brian Jones For Senate 2022 $4,700.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 4/11/19 Chad Mayes For Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 4/11/19 Devon Mathis For Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 4/11/19 Diep For Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 4/11/19 Friends Of Frank Bigelow For Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 4/11/19 Gallagher For Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 4/11/19 Grove For Senate 2022 $4,700.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 4/11/19 Heath Flora For Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 4/11/19 Jay Obernolte For Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 4/11/19 Jordan Cunningham For Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 4/11/19 Lackey For Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 4/11/19 Melissa Melendez For Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 4/11/19 Patterson For Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 4/11/19 Phillip Chen For Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 4/11/19 Steven Choi For Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 4/11/19 Vince Fong For Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 4/11/19 Voepel For Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 4/11/19 Waldron For Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
JUUL Labs 4/13/19 Grove For Senate 2022 $4,700.00
JUUL Labs 5/4/19 Ling Ling Chang For Senate 2020 $4,700.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 5/15/19 Ling Ling Chang For Senate 2020 $4,700.00
5/16/19: SB 38 (Hill) flavor ban is amended in Senate Appropriations to add language exempting products with patents prior to January 1, 2000, which includes most of the devices that came on the market much later.
JUUL Labs 5/25/19 Ca Vote Project 2018 (Assembly Democrats) $100,000.00
5/31-6/2/19: California Democratic Party is heavily sponsored by JUUL Labs. After outcry from delegates, new chair Rusty Hicks refused direct money for the sponsorship.
JUUL Labs 6/8/19 Gallagher For Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
JUUL Labs 6/8/19 Vince Fong For Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
JUUL Labs 6/17/19 Hertzberg For State Controller 2022 $4,700.00
JUUL Labs 6/17/19 Devon Mathis For Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
JUUL Labs 6/17/19 Moorlach For Senate 2020 $4,700.00
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 6/20/19 California Republican Party $34,261.20
JUUL Labs 6/22/19 Lackey For Assembly $4,700.00
JUUL Labs 6/29/19 Jones-Sawyer For Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
JUUL Labs 6/29/19 Melissa Melendez For Assembly 2020 $4,700.00
JUUL Labs 6/29/19 Valley Solutions (Assemblymember Adam Gray's Ballot Measure Cmte) $4,700.00
7/2/19: AB 1639 (Gray) is gutted and amended to become a JUUL-friendly bill.
JUUL Labs 8/31/19 Los Angeles County Democratic Party State Candidate Committee $20,000.00
9/10/19: AB 1639 (Gray) is parked by the author in Senate Rules Committee after amendments to require electronic age verification for all tobacco purchases. The bill that began as a JUUL-friendly bill became an enemy of Big Tobacco.
Philip Morris USA (Altria) 9/16/19 Valley Solutions (Assemblymember Adam Gray's Ballot Measure Cmte) $25,000.00
The conspiracy theory that AB 1639 was a ruse to kill other significant flavored tobacco and e-cigarette bills and was planned to be parked at the end of session has significant veracity.


CAKEDAYS and CLASSIFIEDS after the jump...

Probolsky Research

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-CurryJoseph DevlinAnne Dunsmore, Jonathan Feldman, Stacy Fortner, Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel, Lisa Kaplan, Congresswoman Doris Matsui, and Senator Tom Umberg!


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Alliance for Children's Rights: Policy Assistant (Sacramento)

The Alliance for Children’s Rights seeks to hire a well-organized, energetic and motivated full-time Policy Assistant. The Policy Assistant will provide administrative and organizational support for our Sacramento policy program. The job duties will include administrative and clerical support, coordination of the Alliance’s policy projects and special projects including events management, trainings, bill and grant deliverables tracking, scheduling, and research and analysis of legislative and regulatory proposals.

The Alliance’s Policy Program is based in Sacramento and works with Alliance program staff to identify and track child welfare practices that adversely impact our clients and helps to establish and implement responses to those practices which include legislative and regulatory advocacy, impact litigation and other reform efforts.

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SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (Sacramento, CA)

The Political/Community Regional Organizer is responsible for a broad range of program objectives to build and strengthen our infrastructure and engage our members to be a powerful force at their worksites, in the legislative process, in the community and at the ballot box.

This position will be in our government relations program and requires significant experience in legislative lobbying and coalition building.

Proven track record is a must. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. For more information on the position and to apply please visit our candidate portal at

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