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Friday, May 10, 2013

Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Friday

As the most recent mayoral poll shows a virtual tie between Eric Garcetti and Wendy "The SEIU, Villar, PPL, DWP and Boss D"Arcy's Greuel ", in addition to vicious attack ads and unethical accusations in CD 1,9 and 13. Brace yourself for a final 10 day blitz of attacks and counter attacks, as we near May 21. 
Nothing like a little campaign carpet bombing before Election Day.
Great TGIF as we take this moment to venture out of zee bloggin bunker to bring you the latest on the mounting attacks and counter attacks, with 10 days remaining in the 2013 City of Los Angeles Election Season (** not including the CD 6 Special Sister Election).
** The big story (or not) is how the "Private Citizen/ Wendy "The SEIU, PPL, Villar, IBEW, DWP and Boss D'Arcy's Greuel for Mayor Campaign" Consultant John Shallman's $3,151,647 dollars and 90 cents in campaign expenditures since the March 7 Election Day, has merely paid for a tie in the most recent mayoral poll. But as the LA Times points out in this latter part of the morning (and what should prompt painful, political flashbacks for the likes of Richard Polanco, Bernard Parks, Chris Essel and a current City Attorney), the campaign coffers have been spent bare, typical behavior for a "Private Citizen/ Political Consultant" John Shallman campaign production.
** Liar, liar, Mike Feuer's City Attorney Campaign Plans are on fire! We bring you the latest on the embellishing proclivities of a termed out Westside Politico and his tax-dodging "Private Citizen/ Political Consultant" John Shallman, as their attempt to "LIE, CHEAT and STEAL a City Attorney Election, makes a Friday stop in a Downtown LA Courtroom. From the Trutanich for City Attorney Campaign.
Mike Feuer admitted embellishing/ lying about what?

Just when you thought you’d had heard the last about Mike Feuer’s ethics scandal, Mike Feuer gives the story new legs by admitting, in writing, that he broke the city’s campaign finance law. But Feuer only made that admission after he tricked the city into giving him another $350,000 of our tax money  to fund his campaign.

Some bachground on Feuer/ Shallman's scheme .........
Here’s the latest in this sad saga of Mike Feuer’s ethics scandal: During the primary election, Feuer promised the city he would not spend more than $1,259,000 (the so-called spending cap) on his campaign (Holding a Shallman Consulted Campaign to a spending cap, is like rationing Mayor Villar's access to "Telebimbos"). On April 11, Mike Feuer signed a document saying he spent $1,267,155 – or about $8,000 more than the spending cap. So, Feuer broke the law.
Now here’s the really sleazy part: On April 2 and April 4, Feuer obtained an additional $350,000 in city subsidies for his campaign from the city. On April 11, after obtaining the money, Feuer informed the city – under pain of committing perjury – that his funding exceeded the cap and that he broke the law.
It stands to reason that if Feuer had informed the city Ethics Commission that he violated the law before asking for the $350,000 the commission would not have released the money to him. The law is clear: you break the spending cap, you don’t get the city money. The city does NOT reward law-breakers. At least that’s the way it's supposed to work.
When Mike Feuer saw this problem (how could he acknowledge violating the cap and still get the $350,000?), he resolved it this way: he’d get the money first – then he’d acknowledge violating the law. And that’s exactly what he did.

What are the possible legal remedies?

This Friday (tomorrow, May 10), Feuer’s critics – former UCLA professor Laura Lake and the non-profit group, Fix the City Inc. - will be in LA Superior Court (Temple St., Downtown LA) Dept. 86, at 8:30 am to seek a temporary restraining order to prevent Feuer from spending a dime of his ill-gotten $350,000. Unfortunately, Feuer may reveal during that court hearing that he’s already spent the money on campaign ads.
If that’s what has happened, then the bottom-line will be: Feuer lied to illegally obtain $350,000 from taxpayers and is now well on his way to using those tax dollars he stole from us to win the election. That’s pretty amazing.
This latest Feuer scam was discovered by the same group that’s already suing Feuer over other, very significant campaign violations (like receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal in-kind contributions from a City Hall insider!!). The group released its latest findings Wednesday. They were promptly reported by the LA Times, the same newspaper that has called Feuer’s other campaign finance dealings “troubling,” “unusual” and “fishy enough to be worthy of an investigation.”

The political air raid sirens are sounding off again! More from zee bloggin bunker later.

Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Blogger BHNATIVE said:

Violations such as this with Feuer, should be serious penalties to pay, like taking his name off as a eligible candidate, and definitely not allowed to proceed to become a City Attorney what so ever. Corruption should be a serious issue, yet Los Angeles, since Mayor Villaraigosa or Villar, has built a culture around lies and deception, misused of tax payers money, and power hungry individuals that do not serve the people, but their own interest and investments. The voters of Los Angeles need to make our representative accountable, and vote for the candidate that no record of serious violations of the city ethics and laws.

May 10, 2013 1:04 PM  

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