Pacific Seafood headquartered out of Clackamas OR and, oddly, Crystal Greene, from Beaverton OR. really don’t want Job Creators to pay Eurekans living wages. Pacific Seafood paid $3000 to support Eureka’s secretive organization built to stop R from passing. Besides P.S., Charlie Bean, Matthew in the Middle, Chet Atkins, Mike Newman, the Chamber of Commerce’s Don Smullin, the money behind the campaign is doing what it can to stay anonymous.
No on R’s Treasurer found a way to pool $10,109 of donations under the catch-all <$100. This means that $10K comes in as anonymous.
Pacific Seafood isn’t the only thing on that page that smells fishy. (hey-oh?)
This seems very, very curious to me. I’m not sure if the FPPC is willing to look into something like this, but if you are interested in reporting this here is their web page.
The total unitemized donations comes to $10,109, or 100 Job Creators paying $99 to support No ON R and one paying $11. Having spent a year now looking and working on 460’s, this is really an exceptional report, or the result of an exceptional fundraising tactic.
BTW, Pac Sea, do you know what else that $3K could have been spent on? Worker’s salaries. That amounts to 1000 hrs right there. Thats one week of the extra cash needed to help bring 25 of your workers closer to a living wage. With that kind of discretionary income spent opposing a little measure for a little town in Northern California, I’m wagering paying for the other 51 weeks will not be an impossible task.
The good news – votes trump money. This is going to be an exceptionally low turnout election. Your vote and that of your friends, family and acquaintances will have more influence than usual. The best place to take on financial report wizardly as demonstrated by No on R’s august Mr. Fullerton is at the ballot box – or – at your own mail box as vote-by-mail ballots go out this week I believe.
Additionally the Fair Wage Folks could use donations as it appears we are about to be inundated by No On R ads. Here is their web site, and don’t be as shy as those Job Creators. A little transparency will not burn – at least as long as you are doing the right thing. Which the YES! On R folks are.
(Note: You can click here or on the sub-title above to see No On R’s 460. A special thank you note to Eureka City’s City Clerk Pam Powell and her staff who have simplified access to public campaign finance records even for those of us making a go at the intertubes.)