“Follow the money” were the sage words spoken by the informant “Deep Throat” that enabled Woodward and Bernstein to unravel the Watergate scandal. Long before Citizen’s United, money talked and told the story in politics. Now in the contest to replace Senator Fran Pavley, we have an incredible shell game of tainted money flowing into SD-27 that would make “Deep Throat” cringe.
Corporations see the opportunity to replace an environmental champion with a business-friendly lawyer who once worked with her husband in their law own firm. According to the LA Times (Nov. 24, 1997), Reznik & Reznik was known to help “real estate developers with big problems and deep pockets…push through projects facing enormous opposition.” The Sacramento Bee (May 14, 2016) reported on the morally reprehensible shell game of money laundering in which “Chevron,
gave $1 million to a campaign committee called Keeping Californians Working”, Dentists, Housing Providers, Energy, and Insurance Agents. The Bee concluded that “dentists and oil companies must have common interests. Drilling, perhaps.”
Here in the 27th Senate District, voters receive almost a mailer a day paid for by the same California Dental Association. Closer examination through the Secretary of State’s website reveals how corporations move money into PACs with innocuous sounding names. That money moves to support candidates after its source has been lost to voters. In this way, Chevron contributed $17,300 in-kind to the Dental PAC that is attacking Henry Stern.
Don’t be fooled, and don’t let Chevron and big developers hide their dirty tricks and dirty money—vote for Henry Stern.