The Stories 460s Tell: HCDCC Edition

Wearing my member-of-the-public hat I can disclose to you some wonderful work the HCDCC is doing on behalf of unions and state Democrats.

Reading campaign finance reports since the beginning of 2014 filed with HumCo’s election office, the most recent contributions using this admittedly user-unfriendly website, and the HCDCC’s publicly available filing ID of 761414 I’ve noticed that there are large contributions to the committee by our wonderful unions.  Here are the totals…

Date:               Amount:       Contributor:

12/30/13          $34,000         AFSCME (full disclosure – I’m a dues-paying member)

8/8/14              $33,000         California Teachers Association

8/12/14             $34,000        CA State Council of Service Employees

9/16/14             $34,000        California School Employees Association

10/10/14           $25,000        California State Association of Electrical Workers

10/10/14           $34,000        AFSCME

Total:                 $194,000

Using the same sources, here are the significant non-local outlays:

Date:               Amount:       Recipient:

9/19/14           $35,000          Solorio for Senate 2014

9/25/14           $50,000          Chavez for Senate 2014

9/30/14           $25,000          Solorio for Senate 2014

Total:               $110,000

Those are some public numbers for your perusal HumCo electorate.  Before those of you inclined to get indignant from numbers like these get too indignant, please pay close attention to the eventual campaign finance for both candidates of these critical SoCal races.  Here is one report on a major recent donation.

Money isn’t pretty in our political system.  Liberals need to learn to be as transparent and open and discuss the forces that requires these somewhat odd money-paths.  The stories about money that need to be told are not largely due to the overwhelming advantage conservatives have on this issue.  It’s time for liberals to start fighting back and explain exactly what is going on.  It’s difficult and probably pretty boring to most as it involves numbers, but the answers are in those hard-fought political campaign finance reports.

Full disclosure (part deux), in addition to being a member of the public, I am also the HCDCC Treasurer.


14 thoughts on “The Stories 460s Tell: HCDCC Edition

  1. humboldturtle says:

    Laundering money is the process of hiding the source. Jon discloses the sources here, rather than hiding them.

    Do you understand? I guess it doesn’t really matter…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Why are they giving it to the hcdcc who then turns it over to a candidate in southern CA? I think that is “hiding the source”, isn’t it?

  3. A01! Haven’t heard from you for a while. How are you (all three of those comments are you btw).

    Not “earmarked”. We’ll see. If you really are curious keep you eyes on the Secretary of State site linked above.

    The point is anon – If people want to, they can follow the money. Unsurprisingly it ends up at unions – the last bulwark of institutions defending our middle class.

    Btw – did you look at that OCLiberal post? Did you catch the name of the $$ donated by the oil companies?

  4. I’m sure (as in I’m not entirely sure) that is campaign finance and the unions have already reached their limit so they are finding other ways to get their money to the critical races.

    OUTRAGEOUS! I hear you or others say – and I don’t entirely disagree on the face of it. But consider where we are and how we got hear and where we need to go.

    Corporations are not the same thing as unions. Capital money is innately different than labor money and our laws should reflect this. How are they different? Two main reasons a) Quantity. The owners have a bunch more money than the workers. b) Quantity. Given the state of public and private unions as the right has all but accomplished their job of eradicating workers uniting for collective goals and bargaining, for every union, there are how many private companies and owners with discretionary money to give?

    “hmmm” another anon brought up this article which is a good primary on the subject. Here is the legal line the HCDCC (and myself) are straddling.

    “Large donations to and from county parties are legal as long as donors do not tell the parties where to steer their contributions.”

    It’s legal, it’s fairly transparent, but it is a workaround. I don’t like workarounds, I’d like to keep it simple, but this is where we are given the state of popular political discourse in our country.

  5. John Fullerton says:

    This funneling of money the HCDCC & Jon is doing my be legal but it is very unethical & you know it Jon.

    Shame on you.

    1. MOLA42 says:

      Fine… let’s level the playing field by limiting campaign donations to $50 per head. That should take care of the ethics issue.

      That’s not the world we are working with however… and to claim ethics issues on one hand and benefit from the same campaign laws on the other is just a tad hypocritical.

      The problem is too much money circulating in the campaigns, whether it is provided by a Union trying to protect the workers they represent or the Chamber of Commerce crowd trying to protect their own.

      Be sure to reserve half of the shame for yourself.

      1. Wow. If only the burden of “shame” could be spread 50/50. Lets take a look at the 460s in Solorio’s and Chaves’ races after this is said and done knowing this was where labor decided to fight.

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