Usually candidates with the means to loan their campaigns large sums of money wait until the end of their campaign to pay themselves back. That’s not the case for AD-69 candidate and Santa Ana City Councilwoman Michele Martinez.
Martinez loaned her Assembly campaign $15,700 on December 31, 2011. The timing of the loans, and their combined dollar amount was designed to give her campaign the appearance that she had raised more than $100,000 mark for the fundraising period. This strategy is not uncommon in the early filings of political campaigns, with the idea is to show fundraising strength and leverage that strength to gain support from other potential donors. It’s a tactic that says “get on the bandwagon.”
After a review of Martinez’s campaign filings for the period that eneded on March 17, the Martinez for Assembly campaign has paid Martinez back $10,000 of that loan. The reports do not specify what date the payment was made, and since her campaign has refused to respond to any inquiry’s from us, we are left to assume that the repayment could have occurred as soon as January 1st, the day after the loan was made.
We get regular calls from Martinez advocates asking why we’re so hard on her coupled with a “I don’t blame her for not talking to you” usually in the same call. We also get the “you don’t live in Santa Ana so you can’t ask her questions.” That doesn’t seem to be a problem for other candidates in AD-69. And Martinez had an LA County fundraiser recently, so taking money from people who don’t live in Santa Ana isn’t a problem.
Our response to her freinds is pretty simple: if she won’t address the issues with us directly, we’ll talk to everyone else. Her campaign is free to use the comments section of this post to address any inaccuracies.
The loan payment from Martinez to her campaign and the relatively quick repayment of part of the loan explains some of the questions we have had over how Martinez, who several months earlier escaped foreclosure on her condo through a short-sale, could come up with the resources to loan her campaign nearly $16,000. If you had $16,000 available, why not use it to save your home?