Irvine-based Starpointe Ventures, led by CEO Patrick Strader, made a $50,000 contribution to the California Democratic Party earlier this month according to TheElectionTrack.com, which tracks political contributions according to candidates and causes. Strader, who acts as a consultant to FivePoint Neighborhoods interests in Irvine among other things, has been closely associated with the OC GOP and its leaders over the past few years, which makes the contribution to the CDP curious to say the least.
TheLiberalOC contacted Strader by text for a statement. He told us, “Starpointe Ventures supports all sorts of causes and candidates.”
I’m don’t doubt that. But I also don’t trust his motives.
Strader’s support is typically tied to how the political winds are blowing and he’s not a dumb guy; he can see what November looks like with Trump at the top of the ticket and the coming bloodbath for Republicans at the polls. And while $50,000 is generous, it’s not nearly enough for California Democrats to grant Strader’s firm a quid, a pro or a quo. I wonder what Strader is hoping to get from this contribution? Beware Democrats, beware.
Instead, I believe the local GOP, which shrinks in OC daily, must be having a “WTF” moment here. I know a number of local Republicans who subscribe to this service that showed the contribution and welcome them to comment here. This is a problem Strader can easily solve by hedging his bets and cutting an equally large check for the Party formally known as the Republicans.