Shirley Grindle Files FFPC Complaint Against FFFF for Political Reform Act Violation

Political campaign watchdog Shirley Grindle filed a complaint last Friday against Tony Bushala and the Friends for Fullerton’s Future (Committee 1270222) for continuing in campaign activity even though his political action committee, set up to derail the candidacy of Linda Ackerman, was terminated in February. Technical, Grindle sees Bushala’s actions as a violation of the Political Reform Act which covers independent expenditures.

In documents obtained by TheLiberalOC Sunday afternoon, Grindle’s March 26 complaint cites artwork and instructions for readers of the FFF blog to obtain lawn signs that attack Fourth District Supervisor candidates Harry Sidhu and Lorri Galloway on the FFFF blog, alledges that Bushala has exceeded the $1,000 threshold required for the value of hundreds of signs posted throughout the district and requires an IE to be formed.  The signs cary identifiers containing the words “Friends of the 4th” when Grindle says there is no record of any IE committee with that name having been formed.  Grindle further alledges that Tony Bushala “is the individual responsible for these signs.”

In the complaint to the FFPC, Grindle attaches printouts of the FFFF blog page as the source of the campaign signs which contains “the exact description of activity as in the State of Organization field for Committee 1270222.” She identifies Bushala as the principal officer of the Committee and the primary source of funding for the Committee using forms 460 attached to the complaint.  Grindle took photos of the signs to show they are exact replicas of the signs posted on Bushala’s blog.

Tony & Chris

(photo of Tony Bushala on left with now AD-72 State Rep. Chris Norby in Bushala’s backyard)

And, in a nice touch on Grindle’s part, she attached a copy of the March 18 letter Bushala sent to the DA’s office alledging fraudulent activity on the part of Harry Sidhu.  Grindle used the letter because it’s on FFFF letterhead and claims the letter was sent “under the auspices of a committee that no longer existed.”  Can Bushala justify his own fraudulent activity to call attention to what many don’t consider a violation on Sidhu’s part since he now lives in the home he’s registered to vote in when he turned in his camapign filings?

Bushala is backing Fullerton’s own Robert Shawn Nelson for the BoS job (we call him B.S. Nelson) even though Nelson would leave a special meeting of the Fullerton City Council in regards to serious budget cuts in order to attend a fundraiser at Bushala’s house. That’s a candidate that puts those he represents ahead of his own interests, right?! Nope.

Mr. Nelson

B.S. Nelson reviews documents in Bushala’s backyard

Bushala can easily restart the PAC he closed in February or start a new one, but Grindle’s complaint is a perfect illustration of ow people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

  9 comments for “Shirley Grindle Files FFPC Complaint Against FFFF for Political Reform Act Violation

  1. March 28, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Dan, Dan, Dan: rules are for the rest of us. They don’t bind the Anointed Ones. That’s Revolutionary Morality 101

  2. Dan Chmielewski
    March 28, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Sorry, I missed that messsage from our faxed set of talking points today…(sarcasm noted for those who attended the NUFF event)

  3. GG voter
    March 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Mr. Cunningham you are the last person who should be alleging to follow the rules, you have publicized private information on the internet thereby victimizing innocent people.

  4. Dan Chmielewski
    March 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    GG voter — so it’s OK for Bushala to blow past the rules?

  5. Fact Check Before You Blog
    March 29, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Friends of the 4th: COMMITTEE TO OPPOSE HARRY SIDHU AND LORRI GALLOWAY FOR ORANGE COUNTY SUPERVISOR 4TH DISTRICT 2010.

    ID #: 1326118
    CURRENT STATUS: “ACTIVE”

    http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/Campaign/Committees/Detail.aspx?id=1326118

    • March 29, 2010 at 12:21 pm

      So what?

      They created a “Friends for North Orange County” committee, used it to spend money money on signs and mail in the AD72 special election, and then never filed a report.

      Who wants to bet they follow the same M.O. here?

  6. March 29, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Fact: Shirley Grindle filed a complaint with the FFPC. Check, she did.
    Fact: According to your own link, this committee has not electronically filed a Form 460/461/450 for this election cycle. For further information, click on prior sessions to see if historical filings are available. Also check for late contribution filings if a major filing deadline has not yet occurred for this election cycle.
    Fact: Tony Bushala is not listed as a lobbyist on the site you provide: http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/Lobbying/Lobbyists/list.aspx?letter=B
    The phone number associated with this PAC is the same one for Bushala Brothers: http://loqal.com/bushala+brothers+inc.9.1359046p.home.html
    Fact: The name of the group is a bit challenging. From the website: SIDHU AND LORRI GALLOWAY FOR ORANGE COUNTY SUPERVISOR 4TH DISTRICT 2010; FRIENDS OF THE 4TH COMMITTEE TO OPPOSE HARRY That’s a cut-and-paste.

  7. March 29, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I don’t think it’s fair for anyone to “blow past the rules” in political campaigns, even if it is someone you support. Anyone can file a complaint with the FFPC.

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