Campaign Reports tell different story of Pala support for Martinez than claimed

Councilwoman Michele Martinez - Photo: Chris Prevatt/LiberalOC

SANTA ANA, CA — In the wake of Santa Ana City Councilwoman and 69th AD candidate Michele Martinez’s overheard phone conversation suggesting that the Pala Band of Mission Indians was planning to “come in big with some I.E.’s,” presumably for her, a tribal spokesman Doug Elmets tried to put distance between her campaign and the tribe. In an interview with Voice of OC Elmets said; “Where Michele Martinez got the idea of an IE [independent expenditure] is beyond our knowledge.”

Elmets went on to say;

“She [Martinez] has not met with the Pala Tribal Council, which is indicative of the fact that she has no support from the tribal council yet for her candidacy, let alone the idea that the tribe might run an independent expenditure campaign, which, given her erroneous comments, make the idea even more remote.”

Campaign Finance Reports released yesterday tell a different story. According to Martinez’s filings, the Pala tribe contributed $1,000 to her campaign on November 1, 2011. It seems unlikely that a $1,000 contribution would have been made if the tribal council had not decided to make the contribution. The contribution itself contradicts Elmets assertion that Martinez had “no support from the tribal council.”

So maybe Martinez wasn’t blowing smoke when she allegedly claimed in her overheard conversation; “I’m working with Chairman Robert Smith from Pala. Yeah, they are going to come in real big with some IEs.”

  9 comments for “Campaign Reports tell different story of Pala support for Martinez than claimed

  1. February 1, 2012 at 8:38 am

    A thousand dollars is Martinez’ idea of coming in big? For the Pala Indians that would be token amount. And that isn’t IE money, is it? Would she even be required to report IE money since, presumaby she has no control over it?

  2. Kenlaysnotdead
    February 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Where’s the in kind donatin from Art Pedroza? What about funds pads to Campaign consultant Lupe? No donation from Sal Tinajero. Or Claudia Alvarez. Or Miguel Pulido.

  3. Dan Chmielewski
    February 1, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    nice typing Ken; stay out of the bar OK

    • junior
      February 2, 2012 at 11:32 am

      kenlay seems to be changing his tune lately – not so much of a pedroza & sa council sycophant.

      But not to worry kenlay, no one forgets what a mean rotten dirty bastard asshole POS you have been – the stink lingers for a long time.

      • February 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm

        I think its a sockpupet using his name Junior. Not the same writing style. But again, a sockpuppet is a sockpuppet, so how would we know?

  4. February 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Hey, hasn’t she been in Sacramento? If so, doesn’t she have to report travel and flights?

    • Greg Diamond
      February 2, 2012 at 12:15 am

      Aside from other possible explanations, this reporting period ended 12/31/11.

  5. Greg Diamond
    February 2, 2012 at 12:54 am

    So how would any of you go about finding out if there’s anything interesting in one of these reports? I, for example, have been taking a look at this one: http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/Campaign/Committees/Detail.aspx?id=1314495&session=2011&psort=AMOUNT&view=received.

    Just asking; no particular reason….

  6. Big Money
    February 3, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Martinez may not have gotten the Pala IE bucks she was blabbing about on the train, but she had no problem raking in money from several local developers and special interests. In her current elected position, she will be expected to vote on many of their projects, variances, and other special needs in the next year.
    Now that she has a financial gain from these insider campaign contributions, will she have to recuse herself on every vote that comes before her on the council?

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