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August 07, 2007

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d'Anconia

Wherever Janet goes, hinkyness seems to follow...

Mr. Bass

I can't believe the Lincoln Club and New Majority types would give Janet a dime for re-election when all she does is embarress the party.

Time for Trung Nguyen to make a few phone calls and give the GOP an alternative to a Supervisor who overspends on furniture, lie about most of her contributions and checks with Lou Correa before making commission appointments.

tylerh

Citizenship journalism at work.

Since several print journalists follow your blog, there's little chance of your efforts being ignored should you uncover the fire generating all this smoke.

Keep up the GREAT WORK, Jubal.

Flowerszzz

Is this the same IE PAC that the Lincoln club members were pissed off about because it had some of their money left in the coffers and it was used against Carlos? It was all very curious then and gets more so now...I wonder who is behind it. It makes campaign reporting kind of seem insignificant if we the public are not even able to see the "real" reports. I mean why do committees even need to obey campaign laws and proper reporting laws if this committee and the person behind it can get away with decieving the voters. Seems there is someone behind it that REALLY wants to remain anonymous and hide. I wonder what they have to lose?

Portami!

What a waste of money by whoever paid for the mailer because Bustamonte never had a chance!

Milk Man

The point here is not about wasting the Lincoln Club's money, which Janet did, the point here is Janet through her staff, Nick Lecong, did something very shady, and probably illegal.

Furthermore, if United Press Works of Riverside is not complaining about being stiff with nearly $6,000 then there's a strong possibility that they have been paid already, either in cash or by another individual. Either way, that is illegal because the law required such a payment be reported.

It looks like Janet, through Nick Lecong, once again broke the law.

I cannot believe Janet Nguyen even had the audacity to seek the Lincoln Club's endorsement last month after she used their money to attack their candidate.

The Real Story

Forget Janet-- that's not the main point.

More important is the person who fired Betty Presley and installed his own treasurer. Who did that? If if was the person who ran the original I.E., then the problem is that person was involved in Janet's campaign AND involved in an I.E. on her behalf (the re-named committee), a blatant violation.

That person is a political insider, everyone knows who he is and he has basically told everyone to pound on this topic. He could clear this whole thing up, but his continued silence raises many questions/suspicions.

Why doesn't that person just clear this up?

Focus on the person who ran the original I.E. committee, everyone, and you likely have your story.

Flowerszzz

Real Story - Actually I like the Janet angle....but I think for a change it was not her (although I could be wrong). He would have to be someone very political who probably knew better. Hmmmm - WHO COULD IT BE? lol.

Milk Man

Hey Jubal, can you check to see if Adam Probolsky was the original controlling officer of this IE? I'm not sure if he was or not.

Betty Gets a Pass?

And why does Betty Presley get a pass? The person who put together this I.E. scam "swore her to secrecy?" Sorry, lady, that makes you part of the problem.

What a joke. The cronyism in this town is ridiculous.

United Press Works

One other possible explanation for United Press Works: they never did get paid, but simply said they did.

Wouldn't that be an in-kind donation of some sort on their part, one that should have been reported? Just a thought.

Flowerszzz

Betty is the most upstanding person on this planet...do not even go there!

Betty Gets a Pass

Flowerszzz-- Please. The folks involved in this mess just want to sweep it under the rug and hope it goes away. Sorry, but while the person who switched treasurers shouldn't have put her in this position, Betty's now part of the whole thing by concealing the identity of someone who likely violated campaign finance laws.

The silence is deafening.

Bustamonte was a Bust!

There is nothing new here. I.E. spending has always been a Who Dunnit during and after elections and this race is nothing new. It's a fun way to try to throw some dirt at a candidate you don't like but lots of those crying about this one have been involved one way or another in other I.E.'s that have raised questions as to sources of funds and actual spending. Don't burn too many brain cells or keyboard strokes on this one.

Most likely, the printer has been paid for her work, which is close to $6,000. The printer's original affirmation to Jubal verifies this fact.

Track down the missing, or the secret, money, and you will find the donors and the violation. Don't be surprised if the donors' names are ID'd and that they are the ones closest to Janet Nguyen. Then an obvious question would be, "when does she know about this IE and how much (no pun intended) does she know it?"

This may be a serious compound violation of elections laws.

Flowerszzz

With all due respect...while I think the IE and the events leading to the IE are definately shady....Betty is not the cause nor is she obligated to tell Jubal or anyone anything.

Schroder and Trung breaking the law?

And still not a peep about the "free" legal services being given to Trung by Schroder.

Meddlesome Nobody

Hey Jubal ~ How about accumulating all of your information and shooting it over to the FPPC?

Maybe the printer or Betty will open up if they're threatened by an FPPC investigation? Betty has been treasurer of more than one campgain that was fined.

(See http://www.fppc.ca.gov/index.html?id=48&show=detail&prid=605 , http://www.fppc.ca.gov/index.html?id=48&show=detail&prid=427 , http://www.fppc.ca.gov/index.html?id=63&show=detail&msid=180 , and http://www.fppc.ca.gov/index.html?id=426 )

Postage

Schedule G, payments made by subcontractors shows payment made by UPW of $2400 for postage.

Printers hurt when they are stiffed on printing because Jubal is right, it is a low margin business.

But printers really hurt when they get stiffed for postage. That is a zero margin business.

Betty Rocks!

Maybe the printer or Betty will open up if they're threatened by an FPPC investigation?

Betty isn't the one who needs to open up. Kelly Lawler and Nick Lecong are the ones who need to open up.

Adam Probolsky is the trigger man

What did Adam Probolsky know and when did he know it?

"The Real Story" at 9:58PM is correct. Only a political insider could have arranged all the backroom dealing.

Only a political insider that is known to be a hired gun to the highest bidder; thereby allowing him to be all over O.C. working for various groups with different goals, would be able to "move" money from Irvine to Santa Ana in an effort to benefit his next client.

Only a political insider who has openly stated on the record at central committee meetings and endorsement committee meetings, "There is no such thing as a conflict of interest in politics," would try to pull off such an unethical, illegal activity as Jubal has so capably exposed.

That political insider is none other than ADAM PROBOLSKY!!! He IS the trigger man AND he ordered "The hit." Reputation, motivation, smoking gun, fingerprints, profile, countless clues - all point to Adam Probolsky.

The sad part? Since he's Baugh's and Carona's "kind of guy," there will be no action taken within the Party unless it's brought forth from committee members through the ethics committee - which will then be illegally referred to the endorsement committee to be heard so that the outcome can be guaranteed by Baugh on behalf of his henchman, Probolsky.

What a sad joke the lot of them are...

The FPPC is our only chance for any accountability here.

Lawerly Advice

This can be cleared up relatively simply. Any registered voter in Orange County has standing to hire an attorney and sue the committee. Then, Presley, Lawler, Lecong and United Press Works can be subpoenaed and compelled to talk.

Anyone up to the task?

Flowerszzz

Betty is no longer the treasurer...so the FPPC would not even bother her about this.

Bart Mentirosa

This thread is incomplete without a comment from the vacationing Art Pedroza, who'd probably comment:

"Who cares? This is old news! What about Van Tran and Mike Carona? How much is Van Tran paying you?

One Who Knows

Flowerszz:

"Betty is no longer the treasurer...so the FPPC would not even bother her about this?"

Surely you jest.

Betty is a wonderful human being and a fine American. However, if she has any information, which presumably she does, the authorities would want to talk to her. She is not insulated from interrogation simply because she is a FORMER treasurer of the committee.

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