Claremont Insider: Who Really Benefits?*--Part 2

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Who Really Benefits?*--Part 2

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Measure CL Primarily Supported by Large, Out-of-Town Businesses

$66,027 Cash Raised as of September 30

  • Only $1,050-$1,577 in Claremont Contributions: 1.6% to 2.4% of Total

  • $10,000 in fees (so far) to campaign consultant Jared Boigon and TBWB Strategies

  • $1,492.52 for Cell Phones!!!

The Campaign Finance Disclosure shown below is from the SupportClaremontSchools--Yes on Measure CL group. It just came our way. We will have comments later, but we are afraid they are going to be pretty obvious: Like, uh, where is the community support?

And what are they doing with fifteen hundred dollars worth of cell phones???

And, "Who benefits?" "Cui bono?" "Cui bondo?"

Answer: The Education Mafia--Piper Jaffray, WLC Architects, Flewelling and Moody, Northross Hill Ach, and Stradling Yocca Carlson Rauth. For these big businesses, this is just a business development expense.

The teachers or even the kids? Way down the list.

Grassroots Measure CL support? Minimal. Money from bond servicing firms and public school design and building contractors? Big. Really big. Which ought to be enough to tell you these businesses are just trying to buy their way to the public feeding trough, something they've done up and down the state.

If the very people footing the bill for a ballot measure are going to profit from it, that should be enough to tell voters to think twice. These companies aren't tossing in thousands and tens of thousands of dollars out of the goodness of their hearts. They're in it for the profit motive, and that doesn't necessarily translate into good public policy or fiscal prudence.

And you can bet that if Measure CL were to pass, those same campaign contributors would look to the bond to recoup those contributions. There is a lot of discretion in the bidding process, specs can be written a certain way, etc., etc., and so on and so on...

Read committee treasurer J. Michael Fay's report below. Download it. Print it. Pass it out to a dozen friends. Everyone in town should know just where the money for the Yes on CL campaign is coming from:
CLYes460 Oct 1 2010

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*This time the title is in English.