Income of $24,000 from the Int. Brotherhood of Boilermakers, etc. (previously reported here on the BenIndy on Nov. 3).
Accrued unpaid bills totaling $18,106
$5,000 for Live Calls (Winning Connections, Washington, D.C.)
$13,106 for professional services (law firm Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP, Sacramento)
2020 Year to date
Total Income of $49,000
Cash payments of $99,333
Accrued unpaid bills of $128,173
Total Expenditures (cash & unpaid) $227,506
Current Cash Statement
Ending Cash Balance of $197,779
The PAC’s ending balance of $197,779 can pay its accrued unpaid bills of $128,173 leaving over $51,000 in Valero’s war chest for future projects. Sigh….
Another form submitted, Form__465_3.pdf, did not disclose any new information.
According to a Nov. 12 email from Benicia City Clerk Lisa Wolfe, no further campaign finance reports are anticipated until December 31, 2020. Evidently, the Valero PAC will not need to report payment of its unpaid bills and any further income or outlays until then.
Total Independent Expenditure funding for 2020 now at $249,000
By Roger Straw, November 3, 2020
Reporting on forms required by Benicia ordinance, the Valero PAC that is attempting to buy the Benicia Mayor race detailed a new contribution of $24,000 on November 2.
The new money comes from an independent expenditure committee (PAC) formed by the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, forgers & Helpers Local 549. It is interesting that this ultra-conservative labor group has been convinced to jump in with Valero, which is a non-union corporation. It’s not the first time – this PAC contributed heavily to Valero’s 2018 smear campaign against Kari Birdseye.
I wonder how many of the Sacramento-based Brotherhood PAC decision-makers live in Benicia or even work at Valero? I’d guess the decision was made by a small group of highly-paid executives who have rarely if ever set foot in Benicia. And one might wonder where and who their FUNDING comes from??
Cumulative Valero PAC contributions to date: over $249,000.(COMPARE: All candidates running for Benicia mayor and Council who pledge to run fair campaigns may not spend over $34,200 on their own campaigns.)
Cumulative Valero PAC spending to date: over $214,000.(AGAIN COMPARE: All candidates running for Benicia mayor and Council who pledge to run fair campaigns may not spend over $34,200 on their own campaigns.)
REFERENCE: Valero PAC Financial Disclosures – City of Benicia website
Total now over $214,000 to buy Benicia’s 2020 Mayor’s race
On Saturday, October 31, The Valero PAC reported another payment of $5,000 to the Washington, D.C. based company Winning Connections for scripted live phone calls to Benicia residents to get out the vote for Valero’s chosen candidate.
The report, filed according to law with the City of Benicia and posted on the City’s website, shows the $5,000 expenditure and a 3-page script. The script includes proper pronunciation of “Benicia” for the out-of -state callers, (ben-ee-sh-a).
Benicia residents have largely been outraged and outspoken about the huge influx of outside money from the massive Texas-based corporation and a local labor union that is considered to be in the pocket of it’s primary employer, Valero.
All local candidates have expressed disapproval of Valero’s attempt to influence our election, including the candidate Valero hopes to buy.
Valero’s primary purpose is to defeat current City Council member and Mayoral candidate Steve Young. Young has been endorsed by the Benicia Independent and many other local individuals and groups. See SteveYoungForMayor.org.
On October 28, The Valero PAC reported total income and expenditures for the period October 18-25.
According to the report, the PAC received no new income and made no new CASH payments, but took on new UNPAID bills amounting to $8,500 for ROBO calls and Live Calls [p. 3 and p. 8].
Note that the form seems to show much more than $8500 spent. Detailed expenditures show another $30,688 spent during this period for ROBO calls, Live Calls, & Mailers [p. 4], and another $6,500 spent during this period for Professional Services [p. 9]. This would seem to contradict the $8500 claim. To sort this out is beyond my expertise. For details, see the Form_460_Pre_Election_3.pdf.)
TOTAL EXPENDITURES in 2020: $209,399 to buy Benicia’s next Mayor.
INCOME for the period October 18 to October 25
Year to date
Monetary Contributions (International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, forgers & Helpers Local 549)