A SunCal affiliate, Argent Management LLC, has sent campaign contribution checks to some Alameda City Council and Mayoral candidates, and the candidates are sending the checks back.
City Council candidate Adam Gillitt contacted Action Alameda News last Thursday evening, to report that he had received a campaign contribution check in the amount of $250 from Argent Management LLC; the return address on the check is 2392 Morse Avenue, Irvine, California 92614, which is the address for SunCal’s headquarters office. A recent building trades article reported that Stephan Elieff, brother of SunCal CEO Bruce Elieff, is a principal in Argent Management.
Mr. Gillitt promptly took to the local blogs, decrying SunCal’s tactics, posting pictures of the check, and vowing to return it. On his own campaign blog, he wrote:
We all heard you say that you would play a part in this election when you didn’t get your way back in July. And like the bullies you are, your sloppy fingerprints are all over this election, whether it be faked animations on YouTube, robo-calls mocking elected officials, push-polls using data from your employees on the Sunshine Task Force, or direct mail attacking city officials and supporting the candidates you think will be most sympathetic to your lawsuit.
Gillitt told Action Alameda News, “Apparently they think I don’t know how to Google and am more interested in depositing checks blindly than doing research on donors to my campaign.”
Action Alameda News confirmed with Doug deHaan, who is running for Mayor, that his campaign had received a check from Argent Management LLC and had flagged it for further investigation. Upon being told of the SunCal connection, Mr. deHaan told Action Alameda News that he plans to return the check to Argent Management.
City Council Candidate Jean Sweeney told Action Alameda News that her campaign similarly received an Argent Management check and that she was returning the would-be contribution. Included with the check was a yellow “sticky” note with the message “Good luck!”
Two of the checks had a return address of 725 Atlantic Avenue, Alameda, which Google maps resolves to the intersection of Webster Avenue and Atlantic Avenue; the return address apparently doesn’t exist.