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|Follow the Money!|
Taking a page from the infamous FreeNewport.com, beginning this year,
our city took the initiative to put the 2004 campaign disclosure statements
on-line. Do you think that perhaps they don't want people to have to
log onto FreeNewport.com? Regardless of their intentions, we're happy
with the results. Here's the link to the city's 2004 campaign
Enjoy our original 2002 election contributions, exclusively on FreeNewport.com:
1) "Team Newport" PAC, 2002. Tod Ridgeway, Gary Adams, Don Webb, and Bernie Svalstad joined forces in the fall of 2002 to form this "Team Newport" PAC (Political Action Committee). We take a look inside their wallets!
2) NB Chamber PAC, 2002. It seems as though our friends at "Team Newport" had the help of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. But who financed the chamber? Could you believe Conexant and Marriott. But why? You decide, check it out.
3) "Tod Ridgeway, 2002: Who Bought Tod? The all-time champion of NB campaign contributions, this guy set the curve with almost $60,000 in contributions! Learn who stuffed Tod's pockets in 2002.
4) "Gary Adams, 2002: Not as Bad as Tod. Gary Adams did pretty well in 2002, collecting over $30,000, dwarfing his opponents but not coming close to our champion. Although they did share over 30 contributors, Gary only managed to rack up about half the money as Tod. Is this a good thing, or simply the lesser of two evils? You decide.
5) "Don Webb, 2002: Untangling the Webb. Don surprised us all in almost racking up as much money and donors as that of our champion. Apparently, the city council "good ole boy" is wise in the ways of fundraising.
6) "John Heffernan, 2000: I Bought Myself! You have to see it to believe it.
Whew! That's about it. Dick Nichols only accepted around $5600 in 2002, Steve Bromberg's election was back in 2000 (in case you're curious, he accepted $45,000), and Rosansky was appointed. Our work is almost finished here - for now...
One last note on federal election law: Federal election laws limit personal contributions to just $500 in local elections for a reason - to limit personal influence. The Department of Justice takes campaign finance and money laundering cases very seriously. Click Here to check out a recent Cabazon Indian Tribe case involving only $4000 of filtered donations. Click Here to review some of their larger cases.
Justice Department website and contact info.
California Fair Political Practices Commission website and contact info.
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