Dorsey Center project applicant contributed $3,200 to tea partier Tom McClintock when both were SoCal residents

tom-mcclintockEditor’s note: Our readers also are “citizen journalists.” As it turns out the developer who wants to build a shopping center at the as-yet-uncompleted Dorsey Drive interchange in Grass Valley — which BriarPatch Co-op and perhaps Sierra Cinemas is considering as a new home — contributed $3,200 to Tom McClintock when both were SoCal residents in 2004. How “progressive” is that? LOL. Details here:

Shawn Garvey says:
By the way, Jeff, get this: Russell Jeter “out of state real estate investor” and applicant to build a mall at Dorsey, is actually from Santa Barbara/Goleta. Why is this interesting at all? Well, the largest political contributions he’s ever made were to max out for Tom McClintock for State Senate in 2004 when he was running to represent Santa Barbara. His other largest contribution was to Tom McClintock for his campaign for Lt. Governor. Now, both have “moved” — so to speak — to our little neck of the woods. What’s the connection? http://dbsearch.ss.ca.gov/ContributorDetail.asp

Yes, it’s true. Jeter, now of Anacortes, Wash., used to live in Santa Barbara, then McClintock’s district. And now “travelin'” Tom represents part of our County. Here is a screen grab of Jeter’s $3,200 donation to McClintock:
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Shawn Garvey also says:
Any contributions to Dan Miller by Russell Jeter, the real estate developer proposing a mall at Dorsey Drive?

No, Shawn, but Barry Pruett of Penn Valley contributed $300 to Dan Miller’s campaign, as reported previously. Pruett is a tea party supporter. His spouse is a staffer to Tom McClintock.

In addition, a newly formed tea party PAC paid for Miller’s first campaign mailer.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

4 thoughts on “Dorsey Center project applicant contributed $3,200 to tea partier Tom McClintock when both were SoCal residents”

  1. I’m reminded of this cartoon by my former colleague at The Chronicle, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore: http://youtu.be/KMn2ZvKNkIE
    Wish the local media here would cover their own community better. The Union has earned the nickname the Tea Party Gazette. BTW, a reader told me he received a letter from The Union that it planned to raise its prices (again) to $14.72 a month. It’s now around $11.95 per month.

  2. Way to go, Shawn and Jeff! They should rename the place Kitty Litter Plaza, because that’s what it smells like. So easy to pass the cash bucks around friends, quite possibly originating from the Georgia Pacific paper products aisle Kings, the Koch Brothers, to build the New Feudalism out of the remains of middle class USA. Jefferson would be so pissed! Boycott any paper product brand that bears the name Georgia Pacific, don’t know if there is much choice on the plywood.

    1. For all practical purposes, the Koch’s not only own the paper aisles, they own the local paper too! Doubt this story will ever see the light of day there.

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