Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

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With the Board of Supervisors race focused on the cannabis industry, past decisions that may have been influenced by it and other special interest groups, I'm wondering if voters are also just as concerned by campaign contributions to those in the Assembly District? Would your vote change if you knew one of the candidate took thousands from someone in the cannabis industry or another special interest group? If so, which are your most concerned about: cannabis, unions/labor, developers, large property owners, or other special interest group?

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millimesa Feb 17, 2020 12:56 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

In this day and age wouldn't you think that the people who are classified into one of these categories: cannabis, unions, developers, large property owners, and the remaining special interest groups would be stupid to only be invested in one of these categories. In this day and age, people that have money are invested in all these categories collectively. Politics is about money and power.

a-1581973082 Feb 17, 2020 12:58 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

The votes from our family would definitely change to a resounding "NO" if the candidate accepted money from the cannabis industry. Obviously we are not voting for Das Williams.

CoastWatch Feb 17, 2020 01:10 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

Last election, Das received over $100k from Indian Casino Tribes from ALL OVER THE STATE and is obviously supported by Cannabis Inc. and the Local Public Safety Unions... He has no shame and will take money from any organization to remain a CAREER POLITICIAN... that is his entire exsistence.

a-1581976979 Feb 17, 2020 02:02 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

Any idea when the candidates have to disclose their financial contributions, Coastwatch? Hopefully, it's before the election. From everything I've read, seen & heard, Das has been raking in the highly questionable contributions from far away to get his body onto the BOS. Why is that? What do they expect to get with that? Can it also be assumed these entities are also pouring the same dollars into other BOS campaigns? If so, who? Thanks

a-1581980334 Feb 17, 2020 02:58 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

@ 2:02- What do these contributors expect to get from their donations? Camp 4 fee to trust, a lax cannabis ordinance and higher density housing, all issues Das ushered into our county. Thank you Supervisor Williams for continuing to go against what your constituents want.

2contango Feb 17, 2020 03:29 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

Current campaign contribution reports for the county are searchable online at

a-1582048463 Feb 18, 2020 09:54 AM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

Quid Pro Quo is legal for Dems only FDR started it in the 1930s. Was elected 4 times to prove he could nose-thumb the constitution. Socialist Security came in 1948, FDRs protege LBJ implemented his Great Society pay-to-play pork bellies in 1965 along with disastrous Medicare, MediAid and fed govt funded social welfare manipulation programs. All Constitutionsl over-reach. Vote Bernie or any local Dem to expedite completion of the take-over. Why prolong death? DAS, LAURA, they are the same. She’s got radical leftist Sarah McCune backing her; DAS is funded by and backs Socialists. All either wants is a paid job with a power seat.

a-1582074929 Feb 18, 2020 05:15 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

PITMIX, does finally getting exposed to the long Silent Majority in this one-party town count as "extremists" in your vocabulary? That would be strange.

a-1582075100 Feb 18, 2020 05:18 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

When JFJ unionized government employees in the 1960's, the downward spiral of American civic life had begun. So don't forget JFK's nefarious deed when you tot up the big government malaise FDR and LBJ also inflicted upon us.

Alexblue Feb 18, 2020 06:01 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

Pitmix called me an "extremist", and I'm a Democrat, which I'm pretty sure is also the case for Pitmix. LOL! People get so deep in their bunker once they choose their candidate, it's dumb.

PitMix Feb 19, 2020 03:23 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

Alex, you can claim anything you want as an anonymous internet commentor, but you sure have some strange ideas if you are a democrat. The Democrats would surely disown you if they knew what you were posting.

Alexblue Feb 19, 2020 04:29 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

I can "claim anything"?

You mean the fact that I have posted a link to the Santa Barbara County Elections website which lists and makes publicly available the names of donors to political campaigns? And I have posted the names of people who don't live in Santa Barbara County, which are duly recorded on those documents, which are available to the public by law, and which prove conclusively that Laura Capps is taking many tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from people who don't even live here? Those aren't claims, they are facts.

So my being anonymous somehow erodes the credibility of Santa Barbara County's campaign finance reporting documents? You know, fire is hot, but I'm anonymous so by all means doubt it and grab that hot stove.

I literally don't even understand how anyone could possibly object to statements of fact much less be "disowned" for doing so.

What is your deal? Are you so blindly supporting a political candidate that it angers you that I posted a link to where they get their money? Really?

I'm voting or Das and I don't give a flying fig about the fact that people have posted his campaign contribution sources. I think it's GREAT that voters would actually do some freaking research for once.

And I don't like that he takes money from ANYONE outside of Santa Barbara County.

But what I dislike even more is people like you who are spinning things as if Capps is not taking outside money.

So I showed you she is. Do with those facts what you will.

JoeG Feb 18, 2020 09:15 AM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

We get the government we deserve! If you don't like what Das Williams is doing then STOP voting for the guy. He's a classic self-serving career politician. His greed for power will only end up hurting our community. Stop falling for these charlatans. Demand better and you'll get better.

a-1582074828 Feb 18, 2020 05:13 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

The back room deal making between this pack of revolving door candidates should send chills up everyone's spine - Das Williams and Monque Limon cut a deal over who will run for state senator to replace Taxin Jackson. Gregg Hart immediately ditches his city council seat, forces a special election just to keep his face in our faces on the county board of supervisors. Hot bunks - that is your Democrat career political establishment for you. Monique Limon crammed down every aggressive dense housing and rent control mandates on us and then claims she is running to replace Taxin Jackson based upon her "experience". C'mon people, open the windows and let in some fresh air. If you see a "D" for Democrat after a candidate's name, send them packing. It is simply not healthy to keep being a one-party town nor a one-party state.

a-1582047897 Feb 18, 2020 09:44 AM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

BEWARE: Big money decides. In Valencia, in the Congress race for first time candidate Katy Hill, Bloomberg gave $1M, Steyner $1M, Soros $1M. Money (& voter fraud) determines election outcomes. Katy won, then resigned, and now the seat is open with AOC’s Justice Democrat Cenk Uyger running against stellar US pilot combat veteran, MBA, terrorist & military expert Mike Garcia . The billionaires are back in our area dropping money to obtain seats. Coastal CA will keep moving left to totalitarian socialism. Follow the money, Das’ backed Jonathan Abboud is backed by SB Chapter of Democrat Socialists of America, Salud’s supporters. It’s all pre-determined.

a-1582074418 Feb 18, 2020 05:06 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

Big money decides nothing. Votes decide everything. Out of state big money from individuals who can't even vote, buy nothing. What you want to watch out for is the organized money who does do business in this state, and more sinisterly with the person being elected - mainly the teachers unions in this state and the other government employee unions - those are the in-house quid pro quo donations to watch out for. But teachers unions don't do business with county supervisors, just those running for Assembly or school boards. Fire personnel, county workers, law enforcement, asst district attorneys, public health nurses, social workers, etc .... they have reason to be very interested in who will be writing their next paychecks and handing our their next round of perks and benefits.

a-1582050268 Feb 18, 2020 10:24 AM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

Who are these people donating to Das' PAC?
Jantonia Mace, Carpinteria - $3,000
Michael J Palmer - $5,000
Matthew Russell - $3,000
Lauren Bopp - $2,000
Jonathan Graehl, Newbury Park - $3,000
Kyle Graehl, San Francisco - $3,000
Stuart Suskauer - Westlake Village - $2,600

People, that's in the LAST 24 hours. What the heck?????

Alexblue Feb 18, 2020 12:38 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

Cool--now please expose the identities of the Washington insiders who have donate 25,000 to Laura Capps! Transparency isn't really transparency when you run it through a filter.

Alexblue Feb 18, 2020 12:52 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

HAHA--no, just kidding, because I know you won't actually demand transparency across the board.

So, I just spent five minutes and OH MY GOD WHAT IS GOING ON WITH CAPPS' FUNDING DONORS???!!

Who the heck is Harold Ickes from Washington DC and why is he spending money in my district to elect a candidate?!

Also how about:

Joel and Trudy Wolfe from Thousand Oaks
Ernest Crane from Arizona
Dan Emmett from Los Angeles
Julie Eddie Rokata from Washington DC
Jim Bruner from Davis
Tobi Wax from Beverly Hills
Christina Kasper from Toledo Ohio
Alfonso Guida from Washington DC
Donald Chookasian from Glenview IL

This is literally from only four pages of disclosures and there are MANY MORE.

So, please, all you Capps supporters, stop with the nonsense hypocrisy about how Das is getting out of area money. Yes, he is. I don't like it. But I really don't like the Capps people trying to spin things as if she isn't doing EXACTLY WHAT Das is doing.

But somehow she is a "reformer". HAHAHAHAHAH!!! But, wait, she and her supporters will tell you, she is only going to take dirty money "this time" and once she is elected she will just clean that whole system right up.

Come on.

Alexblue Feb 18, 2020 12:54 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

Here is the link to the campaign donor disclosures filed with the County of Santa Barbara as required by law, and thank God we have these laws or Laura's supporters would get away with their nonsense spin.

Or maybe a lot of them just don't know what their candidate is really doing.

PitMix Feb 18, 2020 01:10 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

Nice, accuse people who are friends of the Capps family of being "dirty money". You can google those names if you want to know more about them. But your posts are not about information, but about smearing, right? Will never vote for Das again.

Alexblue Feb 18, 2020 01:43 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

Come on Pitmix, surely you saw the post elaborating in the individual contributors to William's campaign.

You've entirely avoided the point of out of area money being pumped in to the race. What about transparency, what about election finance reform?

Alexblue Feb 18, 2020 02:05 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

By the way, PitMix, despite your attempts to spin and distract:

1. Who said anything about "dirty money". I'm sure the donors are all fine people who make their money legally (and I'm not being sarcastic here at all).
2. How is this a smear on the donors? It's their money, they can spend it how they want. Nope. No smears, no accusations towards the donors (and by the way I know a LOT of her in town supporters. Lovely people, and I mean that.)
3. Why would I google these people? I only need one piece of information relevant to the issue--they don't live here. They are outside donors.
4. If you're against Das taking outside money, how can you be for Laura taking it?

How is that unclear?

a-1582062764 Feb 18, 2020 01:52 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

Michael Palmer is a cannabis entrepreneur from L.A. who helped usher in the cannabis capital of Carp- and a founder of "Carp Growers" frequently testifying at Board of Supes, Carp Council, etc

PitMix Feb 18, 2020 03:06 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

Alex Blue at 12:52 "dirty money" but is now is trolling at 2:05. I don't see you adding anything substantive to these discussions. Really you just drive reasonable people away from this site so the extremists can have it to yourselves. Don't you have enough forums - do you have to have Edhat too?

Alexblue Feb 18, 2020 03:16 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

Oh, yeah, that's fair, I did say "dirty money" once. I apologize and retract that.

In fact, it's "outside money", which is what the Capps people are freaking out about. You don't see the hypocrisy on that at all?

Beyond that "extremists"? Dude, what are you talking about? I just want equal transparency. I posted the outside donations in response to someone posting outside donations to Das.

Not sure how that's "extremist". So unfortunate, this need to vilify and label people just because they may ask questions you dislike.

a-1582072806 Feb 18, 2020 04:40 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

Das is in trouble, internal polling must be giving him some bad news. He now is calling in his overdue favors; most likely made when he was operating in Sacramento as our local assembly person.

a-1582050558 Feb 18, 2020 10:29 AM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

Pacific Coast Enterprises out of La Jolla donated $2,000 to Das' Independent Expenditure PAC. They make "Happy Sticks" so you can vape your favorite strain.
Why do out-of-area cannabis companies want Das as SB County supervisor so badly?
What is going on here?

a-1582072658 Feb 18, 2020 04:37 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

Same thing. Why do the teachers unions want Cathy Murillo so badly? Always a good question to ask, because there is no obvious connection other than a willing lackie to rubber stamp the teachers union agenda; which sure is not for quality education and certainly not ......for the children. Dirty money.

a-1582051202 Feb 18, 2020 10:40 AM
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Cathy is taking Canabis money, from the Van Wingerdens et al. But she's raking it in from the labor unions, including nearly $10,000 from the teachers union.

a-1582075987 Feb 18, 2020 05:33 PM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

Term limits let the teachers unions move in and take over, installing very willing revolving door candidates to follow other termed out candidates, who know nothing, stand for nothing, but know how to listen to the teacher union bosses tell them what to do and how to vote. Murillo's is just one more revolving door teacher union shill, who will be more than happy to keep California schools bottoming out at #45 nationwide and keeping those classrooms filled by any means necessary. Imagine an industry that has to fill all the kindergarten classrooms with new crops of students every single year- or else teacher union members would lose their jobs and teacher union bosses would lose their dues. This makes the teacher union agenda in this state very strange indeed - they just need bodies, and lots of them to keep up the flow of teacher union dues. Outcomes for students don't matter, just bodies to keep classrooms filled and teacher union dues flowing into one more round of willing candidates that keeps this scheme going and does not ask any questions. Children in our obviusly failing K-12 system are merely widgets to justify the never-ending flow of teachers union dues to help fund more Democrat candidates - you know, the ones who run as the "education" candidates.

Bird Feb 19, 2020 07:13 AM
Cannabis Campaign Contributions in Assembly Race

Assembly candidate forum is tonight, 6:30-9:00 plus time afterwards to talk one-on-one with most of the candidates. University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street, free (of course!) Only forum in the city of Santa Barbara - a chance to get questions answered!

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