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Receiving Campaign Contributions from Tobacco Companies a Campaign Issue?

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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger enjoying a cigar. Since he can’t smoke cigars inside his office, Schwarzenegger erected the tent outside, decorated it in an African jungle theme, and used it frequently to entertain Democratic lawmakers.

Is receiving contributions from a Tobacco company a campaign issue? Well, the Ventura County Star political reporter and Sacramento Bureau Chief Timm Herdt and progressive left-wing VC Star blogger Brian Dennert seem to think so.

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.

The donation was solicited by county Chairman Mike Osborn and committee member Dean Kunicki as part of an aggressive attempt to raise money for the coming campaign season, which will be highlighted by what has been targeted by both parties as the key legislative race in California.

The contribution accounts for 88 percent of the $56,800 the county party had raised this year through the most recent reporting period. Most of the rest, $6,000, came from the state Republican Party.

On May 19, two days after the reporting period closed, the county party received an additional $30,200 from Senate Republican leader Dave Cogdill.

“I’ve been knocking on lots of doors, looking for people who want to see us be successful,” Osborn said.

The $50,000 contribution came from the Altria Group, parent company of Philip Morris USA, which makes half the cigarettes sold in the United States. Osborn said he has no concerns about accepting such a large sum from the tobacco industry.

What is the Flap?

You would think from the Ventura County Star that the Ventura County Republican Party was accepting money from drug lords or crack dealers.

The last time Flap checked smoking was NOT illegal and the manufacture of cigars, cigarettes and other tobacco products was NOT illegal. Moreover, there are many Americans employed by the tobacco industry who pay their taxes, vote and enjoy their pursuit of happiness like everyone else.

Also, the state of California and the federal government gladly tax the purchase of these products.

What is REALLY the Flap?

The political agenda of the Ventura County Star, Timm Herdt and Brian Dennert is to paint Ventura County Republicans as immoral,unhealthy and irresponsible pols who take the money to the detriment of Ventura County citizens and voters. Flap invites the readers to look at Dennert’s and Herdt’s blogs and see if they can refute Flap’s opinion of their BIASED agenda.

Does Flap think smoking is unhealthy? You bet. But, I do not believe it is criminal to smoke in a responsible way and according to California law. Nor is it a campaign issue if members of the California legislature lawfully accept campaign money from companies that make tobacco products.

A question back to Timm Herdt: If Tony Strickland’s opponent Democrat Hanna-Beth Jackson accepts ANY campaign contributions from the Democrat Party, California State employee groups and/or Union PACS who have received money from the tobacco industry will she return the money?

Flap thinks it is doubtful because that “distasteful” tobacco cash is heavily laundered in Jackson’s campaign reports. Check them out here.


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Tony Strickland Watch: California State Senate Campaign Surpasses $1 Million In Fundraising

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Representative Elton Gallegly, R- Simi Valley, former California Assemblyman Tony Strickland and GOP nominee for California State Senate and Tony’s wife, Audra Strickland, California Assemblywoman, June 3, 2008.

From the press release:

The Strickland for Senate Campaign kicked off its general election push with final primary returns showing an advantage of thousands of votes over their democratic opponent and also announcing it has surpassed the $1 million fundraising goal it had set out to reach by the June 3rd primary election. The exact dollar amount raised and collected was $1,010,616. The campaign had expected to reach or exceed the fundraising benchmark and today’s announcement, combined with primary election numbers, confirms the early success of a growing volunteer and fundraising effort.

“I am extremely humbled and thankful for the votes and efforts of my supporters in this campaign.” Strickland said, “I am ready to build on the broad support we’ve witnessed and I am encouraged by all who have given to our cause. I am confident in my team and this campaign will continue to work hard and carry our positive momentum through November.”

The Strickland for Senate Campaign attributes their early success to an increasing and dynamic volunteer effort that spans the entire District. A successful GOTV effort and months of weekly precinct walks paid dividends and the volunteer list grows daily.

The Tony Strickland Campaign will be hosting a fundriaser in Westlake Village, June 17th, featuring former Massachusett’s Governor and GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

It looks like this race which may very well determine the partisan 2/3’s balance of the California State Senate will be an expensive one.

Stay tuned……

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Elton Gallegly Watch: The Post California GOP Primary Party

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Rep. Elton Gallegy, R- Simi Valley talking with Ventura County District Attorney Greg Totten; also Ventura County GOP Chairman Mike Osborn talking with Ventura County Sheriff Bob Brooks

Representative Elton Gallegly won his race for the GOP nomination in CA-24 yesterday defeating challenger attorney Michael Tenenbaum by a 77% to 23% margin – a whopping 54 points. This was a wipeout against Tenenbaum who had also run two years previous.

And, Flap was invited to the post election party at The Vineyards in Simi Valley. Interestingly enough this was the same restaurant that Flap had celebrated Gallegly’s first GOP primary win 22 years ago.

On to the the photos:

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Rep. Gallegly and Ventura count Sheriff Bob Brooks

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Rep. Gallegly and wife Janice

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Rep. Gallegly, former California GOP Assemblyman and California State Senate GOP nominee Tony Strickland with wife California GOP Assemblywoman Audra Strickland, Judge-elect Jeff Bennett looks on

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Thousand Oaks Mayor Jacqui V. Irwin and Thousand Oaks Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem Tom Glancy

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Simi Valley Councilman Glen Becerra

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Rep. Elton Gallegly looks at election returns with Darin Henry, Ventura County Republican Party, Area 2 member and Peggy Sadler, Area 4 member

The question of the night: Who of the above will run for the 24th Congressional District when Representative Elton Gallegly ever decides to retire?

Stay tuned…….

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Tony Strickland Watch: Precinct Walk and End of Primary Season Party Saturday May 31, 2008

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Tony Strickland for California State Senate, 19th District

From the Press Release:

  • Can you believe it’s almost June already?! Time goes by when you campaign for someone as strong and passionate as Tony!
  • This Saturday May 31st is the last weekend before the June 3rd Primary, and we need your help! That day we are going to have a blow out GOTV operation and its going to take the whole team to accomplish it! Were going to need walkers, office greeters, help getting snacks and water out, and everything else you could imagine that day! Even if you can’t walk, there is a place for you!
  • Were going to start at 10 am here at headquarters to we can listen to Tony and send everyone on their way!!
  • After all of the excitement of the day, were closing out the primary season with a bang! Were throwing a BBQ at Nancy Bush Park in Camarillo! Food, Drinks, Bounce house, and pure fun as we close the primary season, and head into the general!

Location: Tony Strickland Headquarters – 2219 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks, California 91362 across from the Civic Arts Plaza and The Lakes Shopping Center
Contact: Ashley Nicole Ingram – 805-778-1588

All Ventura and Santa Barbara County voters this is a SHOUT-OUT to help elect Tony Strickland your new California State Senator.

Tony’s website is here

And, if you are a member of Facebook, his profile is here.

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