Scoop: Meckler, McClintock aide, Contractors met to form Tea Party-managed PAC — now targeting 60 board, commission seats in County with like-minded candidates

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Miller
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The Tea Party-managed PAC — “Americans for Good Government ” — has donated money or mailers to the campaigns of Dan Miller for Supervisor, Cliff Newell for DA and Anna Ferguson for Judge. The Contractors Board has donated money to Miller and Hank Weston’s re-election. The PAC just received a $20,000 contribution from Rocklin developer Martin Harmon, Yubanet reported. Former County Supervisor Fran Freedle, who identifies herself as “leader of the Nevada County Tea Party,” is the PAC’s treasurer.

Group targeting 60 local "nonpartisan" seats
Group targeting 60 local “nonpartisan” seats

But that’s just the beginning. Little has been known about this group until now. As it turns out, “Americans for Good Government” plans to fill 60 open seats on boards and commissions throughout the County with like-minded candidates to “build a strong farm team for elevation to local office, while affecting local policy and fiscal matters,” with support from organizers who include Tea Party Co-Founder Mark Meckler, McClintock aide Kim Pruett, the Contractors Board and others, Sierra Foothills Report has learned.

It is asking for donations of at least $6,000 per year for two years from local businesses and individuals to help finance this project — starting in Nevada County and building a national base.

“We are conservative grassroots organizations, such as tea party groups and other independent groups who are willing to work with political operatives to recruit candidates for positions in local government,” the website states.

“Ten candidates have already been identified, and the initial work is being done to get them placed on local boards and commissions,” according to the group’s website. “Pruett has begun networking with other local organizations, such as the Contractors’ Board, Board of Realtors, and other pro-business organizations. Response has been very positive all around.”

Meckler: "Quick start" in Nevada County
Meckler: “Quick start” in Nevada County

Nevada County is an “example of a quick start,” but the group also cites case studies in Wisconsin, Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Louisiana where grassroots politicking has led to inroads for the Tea Party mindset.

“As our team began to review the commonalities between the examples provided here, we decided to begin an early test run to check local level receptivity to such an approach. Because Mark Meckler lives in a small, rural county in California, we decided to try there.

“Meckler first met with a well-known local political operative named Kim Pruett. Kim is the local field representative for Congressman Tom McClintock. In that position, she is well known in local political circles. She has worked extensively with both the business community as well as with all local grassroots organizations. Meckler pitched her on the Status Go Project, and she expressed immediate enthusiasm, saying that this was ‘exactly what was needed locally.'”

First meeting held at “local timber company”

“The first meeting was held in the conference room of a local timber company and approximately 15 business people and 6 grassroots leaders showed up. Among the business people were the largest local building contractor (also the head of the Contractors’ Board), and the head of the local conservative business owner’s lobbying group.

“Meckler presented the basic overview:

  1. Meckler presented the basic overview:History – Wisconsin, Texas, Missouri, Kansas
  2. Commonalities I Plan
    • Engage visionary businessperson I businesspeople willing to invest time and assets for long term.
    • Engage mission driven political operative(s) willing to commit for long term.
    • Engage in candidate sourcing, recruitment and training for bottom to top of system (in cities, counties and states).
    • Engage in local and state elections from bottom to top of system.
    • Create legislative plan for each jurisdiction in which Status Go is engaged, in order to turn electoral gains into permanent policy gains.
  3. TheAsk- A minimum of 10 donors willing to each commit at least $400 per month, for one year to start. Donations to be paid up front for the first year. Then at the end of the first year, if donors like the results, we’re looking for afour year commitment.
    • Donors to meet at least quarterly to provide guidance and support, interview potential candidates, etc.

“Response was overwhelmingly positive, with all in attendance wanting to participate. The only complaints were that Meckler and Pruett were not trying to raise enough money. Instead of $4K per month, the business owners felt the target number should be $8K per month to allow more aggressive and effective efforts more quickly. Additionally, while Meckler and Pruett had suggested that donors get together once per quarter, the donors themselves suggested once per month, wishing to be more engaged. They were excited to move from no say in the party status quo to say so in a local Status Go project.

“Pruett also presented an initial plan to fill open seats on boards and commissions throughout the county and local cities. She found that over 60 positions are currently unfilled, and that by working to fill these positions the local group could build a strong farm team for elevation to local office, while affecting local policy and fiscal matters. Participants in the meeting immediately began suggesting candidates and some even volunteered themselves.

“Post meeting, Pruett received many requests from business people who had been unable to attend the first meeting, that a second meeting had to be scheduled. A similar presentation was made, and similar results achieved.

“Current Status. A meeting with local counsel well versed in California and federal election law has been scheduled. This will allow the team to determine the best organizational forms for this effort in California. Organizational formation may vary from state to state based on the interplay between state and federal election laws. Donors have committed to funding the plan, and are currently waiting for appropriate entity formation to deposit the first year budget.

“Ten candidates have already been identified, and the initial work is being done to get them placed on local boards and commissions. Pruett has begun networking with other local organizations, such as the Contractors’ Board, Board of Realtors, and other pro business organizations. Response has been very positive all around.

“Goals include:

  • Engage visionary business people who are willing to invest time and assets for the long term victory.
  • Engage mission driven political operatives who are willing to also commit for the long term victory.
  • Engage existing grassroots conservative organizations for candidate sourcing, recruitment and training from bottom to top of the political system in all cities and counties throughout the state, including state and county court elections.
  • Engage in local and state elections from bottom to top of the political system in all branches of the government and including judicial branch officials state wide as well as locally.
  • Engage politicians, business people and activists in creating a legislative plan for each jurisdiction in order to turn electoral gains into permanent policy gains.
  • Engage existing organizations to build, nurture and systematically integrate vertically and horizontally a permanent infrastructure outside of elections that puts pressure on and supports correct legislative decisions.

“As a donor, you have the option to be named as a sponsor or as an anonymous donor,” the website adds. “There is also the option of a tax deduction where you receive a receipt for your donation or one that is not tax deductible. The Tax Deductible option means that your name is reported to the IRS and the state as a donor to Americans For Good Government. It also appears as a public record. The Non-Tax-Deductible option does not give your name to the IRS or the state, nor is it on public record.”

(“Supreme Court ruling threatens election integrity” is here).

This is redolent of the Tea Party 40-year plan to “take back out country.”

The Tea Party Patriots, led by local Mark Meckler, held a rally at the Elk’s Lodge in Grass Valley in November 2010, outlining the 40-year plan that has been leaked on the Internet.

The plan is far reaching. “Meckler suggested it would tackle four areas: educational, judicial, political and cultural, infusing them with traditional values by supporting conservative teachers, judges, politicians and musicians,” according to the Internet reports. The Tea Party also will target voter fraud.

 

 

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 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

9 thoughts on “Scoop: Meckler, McClintock aide, Contractors met to form Tea Party-managed PAC — now targeting 60 board, commission seats in County with like-minded candidates”

  1. If it wasn’t so sad it would be funny. These people repeatedly talk about honesty (including this morning in the Union) yet they hide behind a PAC. They refuse to identify the real donors to local election efforts. They are the problem not the solution!

  2. The plan will further polarize our community, because it comes at a time when the ranks of GOP voters in Nevada County is dropping faster than neighboring counties. https://sierrafoothillsreport.com/2014/05/29/ranks-of-gop-voters-in-nevada-county-dropping-faster-than-neighboring-counties/
    This process of fitting a “square peg in a round hole” will create a lot of friction, perhaps pitting neighbor against neighbor, small business against small business, and raising the level of political intolerance. “Going along to get along” will take on new meaning.
    It begins with appointment to innocuous boards in our community, with the goal of “building a strong farm team for elevation to local office, while affecting local policy and fiscal matters.”
    Citizens and voters need to educate themselves. These people are dead serious.

  3. Kim Pruett was paid in 2013 from McClintock’s Congressional budget. If she is still on that payroll, I believe her involvement is a violation of FEC rules. I’ll check further, but a complaint to the FEC may be warranted.

  4. I don’t think it’s a violation of FEC rules. But all this time I thought that a “local field representative for Congressman Tom McClintock” was not a “political operative” (as stated on this group’s website) but someone who could help us with more mundane tasks like touring the White House on our vacation. http://www.ourwhitehouse.org/fieldguidewhouse.html Or organize a town hall meeting.

  5. Warning: Tea-party affiliated election victories/appointments to local boards and commissions has already begun in Placer County, with potentially disruptive results to otherwise low key and placid institutions. I refer to the attempted takeover of the Placer Hills Fire Protection District (both fire and emergency medical) by members of the far-right Placer County Republican Central Committee. A coup on the Board is now underway, involving an attempt to oust Fire Chief Ian Gow, long-time chief and top-notch public servant. It is taking a major effort by literally scores of local citizens, the county emergency services department, an army of fire personnel from all over the county, CalFire, and the private ambulance service to nip this coup in the bud and renew Gow’s contract, which expires tomorrow (May 31).
    Politics aside, the far-right is in the process of implementing an effective strategy to take control of local offices, slash budgets, cut staff and replace leadership with their own compatriots. In the case of Placer Hills Fire District, the effect would be a major reduction in quality of service, the last thing we need in light of the ever present fire danger and an aging population reliant on first-class emergency medical services.
    It’s one of those situations where you’d like to think, “It can’t happen here”.
    Guess again.

  6. Thanks Dave. We are receiving similar reports from throughout the foothills. It would be a good article for SacBee.

  7. They do 3rd party themselves and their activities to death, as if to present to the public, “oh, we have never meet before,” persona, which is just plain sneaky and devious and indicative of their style and aims, more or less, “what in it for us, and screw anybody who gets in our way.”

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