Supervisor Janet Nguyen and her allies have been caught red-handed taking money from a union – the Orange County Employees Association, despite a county Republican Party ban on endorsing office seekers who accept political contributions from labor groups, via two political action committees or PACs — California Citizens for Fair Government and California Citizens Fighting Government Waste, according to The Orange County Register.
CCFG contributed money in 2010 to county Supervisor Janet Nguyen and her political allies Tony Lam, who was running for Midway Sanitary District, and Matthew Harper, who was running for Huntington Beach City Council, according to campaign finance records. CCFGW’s only donation to a political committee was a $1,800 donation in December 2012 to Nguyen’s campaign for supervisor, records show.
These PACs had a part-time employee of county Supervisor Janet Nguyen, a Republican, as either their treasurer or principal officer, and more than $80,000 from the Orange County Employees Association was funneled to Republican candidates through these third-party groups.
State law requires PACs that receive more than 80 percent of their funding from a single source to identify that source in their name, but CCFG didn’t, despite receiving 81 percent of its funding from OCEA, according to the Voice of OC.
The Register also reported that in 2010, CCFG gave $10,250 to the conservative Orange County Atlas PAC, which then spent money to help county supervisor candidate Harry Sidhu. Sidhu was running against OCEA foe Shawn Nelson. Both candidates were Republicans.
I suspect this embarrassing news won’t stop the lame GOP leaders from forking over more dough to Nguyen’s campaign for the 34th State Senate District. But will the OCEA keep funding her campaign when pro-labor candidate Jose Solorio is opposing her?