So the campaign finance reports are in, and now the analysis begins.
The Orange County Register’s Jennifer Muir reported earlier today on Total Buzz that 4th District Supervisor candidate Lorri Galloway had reportedÂ a payment of $850 to the same property management company that she was renting her home in “The Colony” from, Taormina Property Holdings, LLC. According to Muir, “Galloway said the payment was not for rent for her personal living quarters â€” it was for her campaign headquarters, which was on the same property. She cuts a separate check from her personal bank account for rent. She declined to say what her monthly personal rent costs were.”
You know, if Galloway wasn’t housing her campaign office in the same place she claimed to live I probably wouldn’t have a problem with her answer. Unfortunately, her dismissive response and all the controversy that has arisen to date about her “residence” in the district causes me to think she should be a bit more forthcoming.Â This is the problem with her campaign overall, rather than address things up front, she seems to dodge and parse things down to the point of giving absurd answers to simple questions.
It is reasonable for people to question what percentage of the overall rent was for the personal space she resided in and the office space used for her campaign. Not having that answer leaves the matter up for speculation. Lets say the space occupied by her campaign office made up 15% of the total rented space; then 15% of the rent would be appropriate. But since we do not know either the amount of space used by her campaign, or the total amount of rent, we are left to guess.
But the problem with looking at these reports is you find other things that don’t make a lot of sense. Like the $700 payment Galloway made from her campaign, to the non-profit she runs for the “purchase of office furniture.” Sweet deal to be both the buyer and seller of the furniture. Lorri, did you really need to drag Eli Home into your campaign for County Supervisor? With your $100K loan to your campaign, wouldn’t it have been wiser to just go to Office Depot and get what you needed? Now you’ve got us wondering if you ripped off your non-profit by giving yourself a deal you couldn’t pass up.
So Lorri, please answer the following questions for the sake of transparency.
- How much of the place you rented to set up residence in the 4th District was for your campaign office, and how much space was used for your residence?
- How much was the total rent for the two portions combined?
- What furniture did your campaign buy from Eli Home?
- How did you arrive at the value of the items sold to your campaign?
- Did the Board of Eli Home approve that sale, or did you make the decisions alone?
I await your response.