Tony Strickland Donations?

The California Secretary of State lists Strickland’s donations here. And here is a clip of some of them:

tobacco, just to name a few:

NAME OF CONTRIBUTOR PAYMENT TYPE CITY STATE/ZIP
PHILIP MORRIS USA, INC. ALTRIA CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. MONETARY NEW YORK NY/10017
ID NUMBER EMPLOYER OCCUPATION
AMOUNT TRANS. DATE FILED_DATE TRANS #
$3,600.00 6/30/2007 7/31/2007 1284546-INC491
NAME OF CONTRIBUTOR PAYMENT TYPE CITY STATE/ZIP
REYNOLDS AMERICAN MONETARY WINSTON-SALEM NC/27102
ID NUMBER EMPLOYER OCCUPATION
AMOUNT TRANS. DATE FILED_DATE TRANS #
$1,400.00 4/9/2008 5/22/2008 1335013-INC958
NAME OF CONTRIBUTOR PAYMENT TYPE CITY STATE/ZIP
REYNOLDS AMERICAN MONETARY WINSTON-SALEM NC/27102
ID NUMBER EMPLOYER OCCUPATION
AMOUNT TRANS. DATE FILED_DATE TRANS #
$1,600.00 4/9/2008 5/22/2008 1335013-INC959

oil:

NAME OF CONTRIBUTOR PAYMENT TYPE CITY STATE/ZIP
CHEVRON MONETARY SAN RAMON CA/94583
ID NUMBER EMPLOYER OCCUPATION
AMOUNT TRANS. DATE FILED_DATE TRANS #
$1,250.00 4/1/2008 5/22/2008 1335013-INC944

gambling:

NAME OF CONTRIBUTOR PAYMENT TYPE CITY STATE/ZIP
CALIFORNIA NATIONS INDIAN GAMING ASSOC. PAC MONETARY SACRAMENTO CA/95814
ID NUMBER EMPLOYER OCCUPATION
1266480
AMOUNT TRANS. DATE FILED_DATE TRANS #
$1,000.00 5/17/2008 5/22/2008 1335013-INC1054
NAME OF CONTRIBUTOR PAYMENT TYPE CITY STATE/ZIP
SYCUAN BAND OF THE KUMEYAAY NATION MONETARY EL CAJON CA/92019
ID NUMBER EMPLOYER OCCUPATION
AMOUNT TRANS. DATE FILED_DATE TRANS #
$3,600.00 3/1/2007 7/31/2007 1284546-INC1

liquor:

NAME OF CONTRIBUTOR PAYMENT TYPE CITY STATE/ZIP
ANHEUSER BUSCH COS. MONETARY SACRAMENTO CA/95814
ID NUMBER EMPLOYER OCCUPATION
AMOUNT TRANS. DATE FILED_DATE TRANS #
$2,600.00 5/5/2008 5/22/2008 1335013-INC992
NAME OF CONTRIBUTOR PAYMENT TYPE CITY STATE/ZIP
YOUNG’S MARKET COMPANY MONETARY ORANGE Ca/92865
ID NUMBER EMPLOYER OCCUPATION
AMOUNT TRANS. DATE FILED_DATE TRANS #
$3,000.00 5/17/2008 5/22/2008 1335013-INC1061
NAME OF CONTRIBUTOR PAYMENT TYPE CITY STATE/ZIP
JEFF JORDANO MONETARY SANTA BARBARA CA/93111
ID NUMBER EMPLOYER OCCUPATION
PACIFIC BEVERAGE PRESIDENT
AMOUNT TRANS. DATE FILED_DATE TRANS #
$1,500.00 5/17/2008 5/22/2008 1335013-INC1059
NAME OF CONTRIBUTOR PAYMENT TYPE CITY STATE/ZIP
DIAGEO GUINESS USA MONETARY NORWALK CT/06851
ID NUMBER EMPLOYER OCCUPATION
AMOUNT TRANS. DATE FILED_DATE TRANS #
$3,600.00 5/17/2008 5/22/2008 1335013-INC1055

interesting, there’s certainly a celebrity on the list:

NAME OF CONTRIBUTOR PAYMENT TYPE CITY STATE/ZIP
HAROLD SIMMONS MONETARY DALLAS TX/75240
ID NUMBER EMPLOYER OCCUPATION
CONTRAN CEO
AMOUNT TRANS. DATE FILED_DATE TRANS #
$1,000.00 5/17/2008 5/22/2008 1335013-INC1063

Harold Simmons helped George Bush’s 2004 inaugural ball with a $100,000 donation, also helped boost Mr. Bush’s re-election with $3 million to Swift Vets and POWs for Truth.

Swift Boat Veterans for Truth (SBVT) characterized itself as a non-partisan group both in the legal sense and in spirit, yet several prominent individuals who assisted SBVT also have had close ties to the Republican Party. According to information released by the IRS on February 22, 2005, more than half of the group’s reported contributions came from just three sources, all prominent Texas Republican donors: Houston builder Bob J. Perry, a longtime supporter of George W. Bush, donated $4.45 million, Harold Simmons’ Contrans donated $3 million. Perhaps Mr. Simmons is keeping his foot in the door just in case any swift-boating is necessary here locally? What do you think?

I would not say these were the best of company. I guess there is more that lies beneath.

There are also quite a few other donators:

Peter Starrett (seems to owner/direct many of the big stores and some that look small), Susan Groff (who is somewhere between homemaker and Northwest Excavating Company and as many addresses to boot), Howard Groff (gosh there are lots of Groffs in Northridge and they really want Republicans elected, as long as they are breathing).

Actually when looking over the campaign money it is quickly apparent, without delving deeper, that there is so much money in the hands of the very few. There is so much money in donations coming folks that do not even live in the area trying to elect someone that would be owing to them. Just consider what that means to working families, the middle class, and the future. If only those with money or corporations control the elected officials, where is the representation? Will these folks care about the cost of health care, driving to work, a living wage? I seriously doubt it.

At Strickland’s campaign site, he boasts Elton Gallegly’s endorsement. Wow, that wasn’t a surprise.

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