Pulido Campaign to Take Control of Unauthorized Pulido Website

Sources inside the Miguel Pulido for Mayor campaign have told TheLiberalOC that the Pulido campaign is seizing control of an unauthorized website touting Pulido’s re-election campaign put up by Santa Ana blogger Art Pedroza’s OC PR  and eMedia Solutions company.  The site, www.mayorpulido2012.com, was set up by Pedroza in mid-August and TheLiberalOC was made aware of it on Wednesday.  The campaign is “taking control of the website and no money is changing hands” said a source for the Pulido campaign.

The site has a blog format and features stories about Santa Ana, Pulido’s candidate’s statement, and photos of Pulido with actress Darryl Hannah, city commissioner Max Madrid, Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang, and at civic events.

The campaign also said the site would no longer by controlled Pedroza and he will not be compensated for it.  Pedroza was paid $5,150 by Pulido’s campaign in 2010 for “web services” which was obsensibly to set up a blog for Pulido and for positive blog posts and comments.

Once one of Pulido’s biggest critics, Pedroza is now a cheerleader for the mayor and uses his New Santa Ana blog to tear into Pulido’s leading opponent, council member David Benavides. Case in point — an announcement of an endorsement from the Santa Ana Police Association for council candidate Eric Adelerte was a feature story yet an endorsement by the same organization for Benavides was unreported and, in comments, Pedroza said i was because the Benavides campaign  ”doesn’t send press releases” to him.

Can this marriage be saved?  The speed by which the Pulido campaign moved to take control of the site from Pedroza once informed about it and the emphasis that Pedroza would not have anything to do with the site moving forward and would not be paid for it or to maintain it sends a signal that the Pulido camp wants little to do with Pedroza for the coming campaign.  Candidates running for office in Santa Ana tell TheLiberalOC that Pedroza has approached them about web service work similar to what Pedroza did for council members Michele Martinez and Sal Tinajero in 2010.  They tell us that Pedroza suggested he was “handing the mayor’s website” for the upcoming election in a bid to convince them to sign on.

The Mayor Pulido 2012 website appears to be nothing more than a deceptive new business ploy by Pedroza to trick candidates into believing Pulido or his campaign had hired Pedroza for this work.  The Mayor and his campaign took swift action to correct this perception and “the site will be in the campaign’s control by 5 O’Clock today,” said the source.

The Pulido campaign didn’t pay Pedroza until after the election until after the 2010 race and Pedroza never disclosed that he had been paid by Pulido, Tinajero or Martinez in any of his blogposts during that election cycle.  Pedroza’s web services work may also have included the “Amezcua Facts” website which was attack site against Pulido’s opponent Alfredo Amezcua.  During the course of the lawsuit against Pedroza by TheLiberalOC, we discovered Pedroza had owned the Amezcua Facts site as it was redirected to Pedroza & Associates, a safety consultancy owned by Pedroza after the Amezcua Facts site had been taken down.

Two big questions remain: Will Pedroza now turn on Pulido for the very public rebuke? And was the Pulido campaign completely honest with us when they contact us this morning.  We’ll be watching to see if the Pulido campaign reports an payment to Pedroza for the web property after the election.

  15 comments for “Pulido Campaign to Take Control of Unauthorized Pulido Website

  1. Santa Ana Resident
    September 13, 2012 at 10:21 am

    There are new Facebook pages for Pulido and Vince Sarmiento too.
    Are these more of Pedroza’s phony candidate pages or are they actually owned by the candidates?

  2. September 13, 2012 at 10:55 am

    anyone can set up a Facebook page; Vince has never paid Art a dime. Does the new facebook page for Pulido have the same name as the website?

  3. Pedroza for City Council
    September 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Ruh-roh. Hey Camille, that $5150 you and Art were counting on ain’t coming through. Christmas shopping at the Dollar Store again this year.

  4. Santa Ana Resident
    September 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    The Facebook page in question for the mayor has links that go directly to the Pedroza website pictured in this article.
    If the mayor did not give his blessing up front to do this website, it stands to reason that he wouldn’t have pointed the Facebook page to it either.

  5. September 13, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    http://who.godaddy.com/whois.aspx?domain=mayorpulido2012.com&prog_id=GoDaddy

    at 5:15PM, website still owned by Pedroza. Did the Pulido campaign lie or is GoDaddy slow?

    • DeSnoo Lied
      September 13, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      Dennis DeSnoo is most likely the one lying.

  6. Steve
    September 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Good post…but may I encourage you (with the best of intentions) to proofread your posts thoroughly? They almost always contain multiple typos.

    Feel free to remove this comment after you’ve seen it.

    • September 13, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks. I caught two typos. Better those mistakes than errors of fact. I appreciate your note

  7. Pedroza for City Council
    September 13, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Hey Dr. Lomeli. Come over here and comment. TheLibOc doesn’t censor me.

  8. AmezcuaFacts
    September 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks for exposing this unethical jerk. Pulido doesn’t want to have to explain why this NAMBLA lover is such a strong supporter. Think Shane Barrows can get his money back? Pedroza is a fraud. His family must be ashamed of him.

  9. Pedroza for City Council
    September 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Looks like Pedroza is still running Pulido’s website after all. Sources with the campaign?come on! It’s Dennis DeSnoo and he lied

  10. September 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I find it interesting he was paid $5,150 for his services. 5150 is the Health and Welfare Code the cops use to commit crazy people. Coincidence? I think not.

  11. September 16, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Just like we saw in Bell, the whole Santa Ana city council is so corrupt, you cannot believe anything any members including the mayor say. Why would anyone want to re-elect them? And to bring in biased ametuer bloggers with their distorted, commentaries and no credibility just makes things worse

  12. Dan Chmielewski
    September 17, 2012 at 9:45 am

    a quick check of GoDaddy today shows the site still hasn’t changed hands. The Facebook page appears to be under Pedroza’s control as well. I posted a link to this story on the Mayor’s new Facebook page and it was quickly deleted

  13. Not Pedroza's PR firm
    October 2, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Well we’ll well. 19 days after this story and Pedroza still owns it and is running it. Pulido’s consultant is Dennis DeSnoo and if he’s the ” source ” in the Pulido campaign then he’s an effing liar. So Pulido has aligned himself with Pedroza who think adult men screwing little boys is funny. That must mean Pulido thinks its funny too.

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