Now available on the City of Benicia website: pictures of Valero’s disgusting ads, copies of robocall messages, and the phone scripts used by live callers
In emails on Tuesday with City of Benicia officials, the Benicia Independent confirmed that Benicia’s campaign finance ordinance requires independent expenditure committees like the Valero PAC to submit for public review copies of the literature and scripts used in their promotions.
“An independent expenditure committee that makes an expenditure for 200 or more recorded telephone calls or any other forms of electronic or facsimile transmission of substantially similar content, or that makes an expenditure of $1,000 or more for a radio or television advertisement, or that mails or otherwise distributes more than 200 substantially similar pieces of campaign literature in support of or opposition to any candidate for mayor or city council, shall give a copy of the literature or script used for each communication to the city clerk within 24 hours of the first time the mailings, calls, transmissions, or advertisements are made or aired.” (Benicia Municipal Ordinance 1.40.110).
Valero has been submitting these copies, but until now the City had inadvertently not been posting them along with the required financial forms.
The City quickly amended previous postings of Valero’s financial disclosure reports to include photocopies and scripts used to promote their candidate for Mayor and to run down Steve Young. If you have the stomach for it, head over to our VALERO PAC FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES page. (Note that the first four documents do not have any such attachments.)
In emails earlier today with the City of Benicia, the Benicia Independent confirmed that Benicia’s campaign finance ordinance requires the Valero PAC to submit for public review copies “of the literature or script used for each communication to the city clerk within 24 hours of the first time the mailings, calls, transmissions, or advertisements are made or aired.” (Benicia Municipal Ordinance 1.40.110).
Labor finally gets around to contributing to this year’s Valero war chest- total now nearing $300,000
Reporting on forms required by Benicia ordinance, the Valero PAC that is attempting to buy the Benicia Mayor race detailed a new contribution of $25,000 on October 15.
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’s 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.
Cumulative Valero PAC contributions to date: over $273,000.(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: $70,844.(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.)
I am tracking DETAILS of the Valero PAC’s 2020 campaign disclosure reports combined in a single Excel spreadsheet. The sheet contains 2 tabs:
“VALERO PAC Form460 CpgnDisclosr” is a record of Valero’s SUMMARY reports, showing 2020 income, expenses and cash balance.
“Forms 465 & 496 IndExp” is a more interesting 2nd tab, showing in detail the Valero PAC’s individual expenditures.
REFERENCE: Valero PAC Financial Disclosures – City of Benicia website