Why are outsiders spending so much money on Alameda politics this year? Why are Bonta and Tam lauded in glossy marketing campaigns coming from high-powered political firms who are on a mission to destroy Gallant, Jonhson, deHaan and Mataresse?
That these outsiders will stop at nothing to influence our local election is plain, but why? Why all this attention, time and money? And it’s a lot of money, I’d estimate it at 1 million dollars so far: multiple full-color mailers, robo-calls, push-pull surveys, TV ads, reporting on CNN – none of those come cheap. Who is so interested in our city’s elections and has that kind of money to spend? Who seems to think we own land that they have a right to develop?
Those outsiders have tried to hide the source of the spending, but it’s not too hard to trace. The Rocklin CA address on the mailers? That belongs not to Taxpayer Network, but to GBWA Sacramento, a high-powered political firm that claims to “build grassroots support in your community.” The Taxpayer Network, although paired with the Rocklin address on the fliers, is actually located in Tustin CA, a mere 8 miles from Irvine where SunCal has its headquarters. Which means that Bonta, Gilmore and Tam, the beneficiaries of all this activity, are being supported by SunCal.
Sure, the connection has been deliberately obfuscated, so it takes some work to trace and is difficult to prove without a subpoena. That gives Tam, Bonta and Gilmore deniability, which means they can lie to your face about not being tied to SunCal. But, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, I’m thinking it probably is a duck, aren’t you? SunCal, Tam, Bonta and Gilmore and hoping you’re not smart enough to figure it out. I’m convinced you are plenty smart enough.
85% of us saw through SunCal’s nasty campaign the last time and we voted them off the island. Let’s not let them in the back door. We’re stuck with Gilmore in the city council for another few years, but let’s keep Lena Tam and Rob Bonta off the council, and Marie Gilmore out of the mayor’s office.
– Liz Williams, Alameda