California Democrat U.S. Senator Barbara BoxerLooks like it and it involves her son, Douglas again.
In a breaking development that may affect the close California Senate race, Pajamas Media has learned The Foundation for Ethics in Public Service sent a letter to Eric Holder last Thursday requesting the attorney general “begin an investigation to determine whether United States Senator Barbara Boxer violated any criminal laws or should be liable for any civil penalty for failure to disclose real property on her Personal Financial Disclosure Reports between 2002 and 2010.”
The specific property FEPS is referring to is an Oakland, California, home valued at over a million dollars and co-owned by Boxer, her husband Stewart, their son Douglas, and his wife Amy. The letter to Holder reads in part:
Despite the fact that Senator Boxer had an ownership in 854 Longridge Road [in Oakland], she failed to report this substantial real property asset on any of her personal financial disclosures between 2002 and 2010. She had also failed to report the mortgage on the property. Further, she failed to report the purchase of 854 Longridge Road in 2002. Each year Boxer was required to have filed a “full and complete report.”
The filing of false or incomplete disclosure statements is in violation of the Ethics in Government Act. The Act authorizes the Attorney General of the United States to seek civil penalties against Senators who knowingly and willy falsify or fail to report required information. The knowing and willful concealment of the existence of substantial amount of real property for a prolonged period may subject Senators to federal criminal prosecution under 18 U.S.C. paragraph 101. [other citations are available at the link]
The Oakland home is currently lived in by Douglas and his wife. This is not the first time Senator Boxer’s son has been the center of controversy. The senator reportedly paid out nearly $500,000 from her campaign contributions to her son’s public relations firm between 2001 and 2009. Those moneys could have been used to pay off the mortgage on the Oakland property, adding urgency to the DOJ investigation sought by The Foundation for Ethics in Public Service and further complicating the legal and ethical issues involved.
Well, this is certainly a last minute October surprise and it may be picked up by the MSM in California. The whole flap with Boxer’s son will play out after the election when the ethics trial of Congresswoman Maxine Waters is tried in her own ethics trial in the House.
This morning’s Real Clear Politics poll average graph is above and the race continues to be a toss up, tied. The poll average table is here.
So, what does this mean for California voters?
Non-stop political ads from Barbara Boxer and Carly Fiorina over the next week.
There had been some uncertainty as to whether the Fiorina Campaign would be able to compete with Boxer on the number of ad impressions over the last week of the campaign but that concern has been laid to rest.
With outside groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce already pouring in millions to defeat California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, the National Republican Senatorial Committee announced a $3-million independent expenditure for television ads in the final week of the campaign.
The committee, which rarely makes major expenditures in California, had already spent the maximum allowed — $4.8 million — in coordinated expenditures with GOP nominee Carly Fiorina’s campaign in what it views as a highly competitive race.
“This critical spending continues to demonstrate our confidence that the California Senate race is neck-in-neck thanks to Barbara Boxer’s out-of-touch, reckless Washington spending agenda,” committee spokeswoman Amber Marchand said in a statement.
The new independent expenditure comes after Fiorina announced she was putting another $1 million of her own money into the campaign, allowing her to match Boxer’s cash on hand for the final stretch.
It appears that Fiorina will be able to match the Boxer ad buys over the next seven days. This is bad news for Boxer.
With the polls so very close (also bad news for the incumbent Senator, Boxer), the ground operations of the California Republicans (GOTV), including the Meg Whitman for California Governor Campaign may very well decide this U.S. Senate race.
Carly Fiorina’s latest television ad “Crushed”
California U.S Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is “on air” with a new Fred Davis television ad.
From the press release:
As part of a continuing effort to highlight the stark contrast between incumbent senator Barbara Boxer’s failed tenure in Washington and Carly Fiorina’s commitment to common-sense problem solving, the Fiorina campaign today launched the fifth 30-second ad of its general election statewide television advertisement campaign, titled “Crushed.”
“Barbara Boxer’s legacy after 28 years of failed leadership in Washington is bleak, as Californians across the state have watched their livelihoods be crushed, with more than 2.25 million people out of work, losing income and facing the very real possibility of losing their homes. Yet Barbara Boxer is so out of touch that she continues to try to fool voters into believing her economic policies, including the stimulus, have worked,” said Carly for California Campaign Manager Marty Wilson. “The people of this state deserve a leader in Washington who will fight to get our economy moving forward again. Californians have the opportunity to make a change for California’s future by voting for new leadership in the U.S. Senate on Election Day – and that begins by retiring Barbara Boxer and electing Carly Fiorina on November 2.”
New television advertising campaign launched by GOProud. http://www.goproud.org/
GOProud which represents gay conservatives is going after Barbara Boxer, Barney Frank (who is Gay) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in this soon to air television ad.
In the meantime, Senator Boxer is attending fund raising events in the Bay Area tonight with President Obama.
Tomorrow Ma’am Boxer will move her fund raising activity down to Los Angeles where she and Obama will likely alienate every automobile commuting Angelino.
Just as she will jam up California motorists with a presidential campaign event, Barbara Boxer is jamming up Californians seeking to find work and stay in their homes
Yeah, Frak You Babs.
I have to go to downtown Los Angeles tomorrow morning to pick up my wife from work for my daughter’s wedding rehearsal tomorrow afternoon in Westlake Village and what is happening?
You and President Obama decide you want to whip up YOUR Democratic voter enthusiasm in the Los Angeles inner city AND at my alma mater, USC.
Which is where?
A mile or so away from where my wife works – thereby closing down the streets and JAMMING UP the FRAKKIN’ freeways.
Thanks President Obama!
Thanks Senator Barbara Boxer!
A new independent expenditure ad is now going up on California television.
A hard-hitting attack ad features Senator Barbara Boxer’s vote on funding viagra for child molesters (HR 4872, May 2010)
As I said last night, there will be a plethora of polls in the next 12 days prior to the November 2nd election and the results may well be all over the place. Look at this piece from Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza.
For months, Senate Republicans have insisted that Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) can be beaten. Now, they have a poll that shows the race as a dead heat.
Boxer and former Hewlett Packard executive Carly Fiorina (R) are knotted at 44 percent in a Tarrance Group poll conducted for the National Republican Senatorial Committee by Dave Sackett between Oct. 17 and 19.
Among independents and those voters who decline to state a party preference — a major target for both candidates — Fiorina leads 47 percent to 34 percent. “[Fiorina] needs to improve upon this and get her ballot strength among ticket-splitters up into the mid 50’s,” writes Sackett in the polling memo, a copy of which was obtained by the Fix.
The NRSC poll is slightly more optimistic for Fiorina than a Public Policy Institute of California survey released Wednesday that shows Boxer leading 43 percent to 38 percent. The PPIC survey also shows the race for independents tighter; Fiorina takes 37 percent, Boxer takes 36 percent and 18 percent are undecided.
The latest NRSC/Tarrance poll is here and I will embed it below.
In the various polling models, the pollsters are trying to predict likely voters in a very large state as California. This is not an easy task, especially since there is liable to be a disproportionate turnout from various areas of the state where there is high unemployment. Boxer will need to turnout traditional Democrat communities in Southern California in order to offset other areas of the state, like the Cental Valley which will vote overwhelmingly GOP.
How this turnout plays out and how well Carly Fiorna’s campaign turns out her base will determine the race – ON ELECTION DAY.
For your viewing pleasure are the latest Real Clear Politics Poll Averages.
Well, it is not a scientific poll but it is better to lead this one than trail it.
Carly Fiorina topped incumbent Barbara Boxer by a wide margin in a recently completed unscientific online survey by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.
The former Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO was backed by about 69 percent of those who responded to the Business Pulse survey conducted between Oct. 12 and Oct. 19.
Boxer was backed by about 31 percent.
Reader Donald R. wrote: “Both Barbara Boxer and Jerry Brown should quietly exit the political scene. They’ve had their day. Let’s move California on.”
There will be more polls over the next few days and I expect them to be all over the place. Some may show a few points outside the margin of errors for either candidate.
The fact remains Carly Fiorina is within striking distance and if she turns out her voters and a Republican wave materializes, she will win this race. I subscribe to what Garry South said the other day that if the Dems are not up by 7 or 8 points by election day they will be in trouble.
And, then, there is the GOTV, Ground Operations where the GOP has a decided advantage.
So, hold onto your hat the next 12 days – it will be a wild ride.
U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina launched a new television ad titled “Bickering” highlighting Boxer’s 28-year record of bitter partisanship and ineffective leadership in Washington.
A television ad that will appeal to the middle, independent voters, Carly paints Far Left Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer as a hyper-patisan POL – which she is.
With Boxer running vicious personal attack ads against Fiorina and with President Obama rushing out to camapign for her on Friday, painting Boxer as an agenda driven POL works.
From the press release:
In an ongoing effort to highlight Barbara Boxer’s utter failure to deliver results for the people of California, who are today facing a 12.4 percent unemployment rate with more than a half million jobs lost since the passage of the economic stimulus plan, U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina launched a new 30-second television ad titled “Bickering” highlighting Boxer’s 28-year record of bitter partisanship and ineffective leadership in Washington. This is the fourth ad in Fiorina’s statewide television advertising campaign.
“While Californians face 12.4 percent unemployment, falling incomes and devastating job losses, it’s clear Barbara Boxer is far more concerned with saving her own job and ‘delivering partisan shots’ than she is with reaching across the aisle to get something done for the people she was elected to serve,” said Carly for California Campaign Manager Marty Wilson. “The people of California deserve a representative in the U.S. Senate who will set aside partisan bickering and political games, but it’s clear Barbara Boxer is not that representative. Carly Fiorina, on the other hand, is not afraid to make the tough decisions necessary to address our state’s most pressing challenges. Changing Washington starts with changing the people we send there, and we believe the people of California will do that on November 2 when they vote to retire Barbara Boxer after her nearly three decades of failure to fight for their interests.”