Tea-party PAC money is rolling into the local races, just like it did two years ago. And the candidates are going right along. This time “Americans for Good Government,” a PAC created by local Tea Party members two years ago, is sponsoring an event for Duane Strawser in his race for District 1 supervisor.
As I’d written before, “Americans for Good Government” has identified itself as a “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.”
“(Tea-party co-founder Mark) Meckler first met with a well-known local political operative named Kim Pruett,” a website for “Americans for Good Government” (no longer working) said. “Kim is the local field representative for Congressman Tom McClintock. In that position, she is well known in local political circles. Meckler pitched her on the ‘Status Go Project,’ and she expressed immediate enthusiasm, saying that this was ‘exactly what was needed locally.’
This is interesting, because — to me at least — Duane Strawser has described himself as a registered Democrat. More mind boggling, there is no other conservative candidate running (at least for now) for District 1 Supervisor, so the battle between Duane and liberal Heidi Hall will be over “left-leaning voters.” Conservatives will have no one else to vote for other than Duane. Now Duane risks losing some of the the left-leaning support and being painted into a political corner by Heidi’s supporters as a “tea party guy.” Duane also is being courted by the Nevada County Contractor’s PAC, which is led by staunch conservatives. (Daniel Swartzendruber, a Grass Valley contractor, is Duane’s treasurer, according to campaign finance forms).
According to campaign finance filing reports, the “Americans for Good Government” PAC has donated money to the Nevada County Republican Party, Anna Ferguson (the former assistant DA who lost the judges race to Robert Tice-Raskin), Cliff Newell, Dan Miller (now Grass Valley’s Supervisor), the Lincoln Club of Placer County, and Matt Spokeley (Auburn City Council), among others.
The PAC has paid $399 for “professional services (legal, accounting)” to Former County Supervisor Fran Freedle. (Freedle was a County Supervisor during one of the most toxic times in local politics). It has donated $2,000 to “Neighbors who care … oppose Measure S” and Nevada County Republican Women Federated,which sponsored a visit by “Constitutional Sheriff” Richard Mack, among others.
“American for Good Government’s” leading contributor has been Rocklin developer Martin Harmon, who has contributed $40K.