I predicted that the Democrats under the leadership of Hannah Beth Jackson would make the Ventura County Republican Central Committee regret soliciting $50,000 from a cigarette company to help Tony Strickland in the fall campaign.
( Another defense of cigarette company donations)
Hannah Beth Jackson has sent out an email that appears to be just the opening to the attacks she will be directing at Tony Strickland. Expect months of the barrage aimed at how campaigns are financed.
In the comments section several people have pointed out that the state Democratic Party has taken tobacco money and that the state party gives money to local candidates and parties.
Is there degrees of guilt? Is there a difference between soliciting the donation and getting money from a state party that gets it from somewhere else?
There is two major problems with donations from sources the public doesn't trust as I see it.
1. It appears that the special interest group is trying to buy a legislator's vote. If this is the case it is on the person making the accusation to prove the politician altered their behavior in the way the special interest group favored. Has the California Democratic Party changed their positions after receiving tobacco money? Go do your research. What were the most important bills that the tobacco companies had an interest in?
2. The special interest group is funding a candidate that shares a policy preference. In this case we should know what the shared view is between the two. What issues does Tony Strickland or the state Democratic Party agree with tobacco companies on? Does Hannah Beth Jackson have any evidence that Tony Strickland agrees with the tobacco companies? What are the bill #'s from his days in the assembly?
Click on continue reading to see the latest email from Hannah Beth Jackson.
In other Hannah Beth Jackson news when you look at the email check out the new sophistication in Hannah Beth Jackson's campaign in her email which includes many ways to connect to the campaign.
For some Tony Strickland news Timm Herdt's top blog entry is about Mitt Romney's upcoming fundraiser for Tony Strickland that Strickland said he expects will help him raise $200,000 towards his state senate campaign.
Here is a video of Tony Strickland talking about why he supports Mitt Romeny:
Here is the email from Hannah Beth Jackson's campaign:
Hannah-Beth Jackson for Senate
19th Senate District, California
Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles Counties
It's time to work for change -- local change!
My opponent has already raised over a million dollars to spend in one of the most important legislative races in the state. His contributions from oil corporations, alcohol companies, tobacco and insurance companies threaten to overwhelm the election contest in the 19th Senate District.
Why are these huge corporations so interested in this Senate race? Because they know if I'm elected I'll fight hard to protect the public, and I'll be effective. They also know my opponent will protect their profits, even if it puts his constituents at risk.
We can stop this corporate takeover of our communities. One by one, small contribution by small contribution, we can protect our families, our health, our air and water and our school system. Don't let cigarette makers or multinational oil companies decide this election.
Your help is urgently needed. Your contribution, no matter how small, is a declaration of independence from companies that don't care about you or your family's health. Check out the recent article on the campaign from Sunday's Ventura County Star which describes why tobacco companies are interested in supporting my opponent. You really have to wonder who Tony Strickland intends to represent in Sacramento, the voters in the 19th District or Philip Morris (Altria), which wants to avoid responsibility for the health impacts of their product.
Make your voice heard! If you don't think your State Senate representative should be bought and paid for by multinational corporations that don't have in mind the best interests of our health, our children, our environment and our quality of life, make a contribution today!
If you can't contribute, please visit my website, sign up to volunteer, and let your friends and colleagues know what's at stake.
Together we can win.
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Recent News on the Campaign Trail
Tobacco firm funds county GOP - Ventura County Star, Sunday June 8th
The nation's largest tobacco company has donated $50,000 to the Ventura County Republican Central Committee as the local party gears up to help GOP candidate Tony Strickland in what is expected to be a multimillion-dollar campaign this fall in the 19th Senate District
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Tony Strickland: Searching for Integrity - Making Waves Blog, June 3rd
I was also one of the Mound Elementary School parents who in 2000 found myself with a young child sickened at school by a serious pesticide overspray incident from a neighboring orchard. The farmer was substantially fined. In response to our pleas, Jackson brought together environmental and agricultural advocates who are frequently adversaries in support of legislation that empowered county agricultural commissioners to impose conditions on the use of pesticide applications near schools and other sensitive sites.
Tony Strickland voted against it.
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Residents use landfill scoping meeting to vent frustrations - Acorn, June 6th
Jackson, who said she was against the expansion, spoke about the possibility of Waste Management accepting trash from outside of Ventura County.
"Simi Valley could be a destination point for garbage from Los Angeles and other cities that have wisely limited their landfill growth," Jackson said. "Simi Valley should not bear the burden for (waste) that L.A. has refused to take care of itself."
June 18th - Ventura Campaign Office Opening
Volunteer Party / Working Session
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6pm - 8pm
701 E Santa Clara Street, Suite 36, Ventura
Call Elena Richardson at 805-830-8007
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