Tea party-influenced PAC gives $1,500 to campaign banning local outdoor marijuana grows

The tea-party influenced “Americans for Good Government” PAC has given $1,500 to the “Yes on W” marijuana ballot initiative, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

Measure W, which would ban outdoor marijuana grows and limit indoor grows to 12 plants, will appear on the June ballot.

“Americans for Good Government” has identified itself as: “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.”

More about the Americans for Good Government PAC from YubaNet  — noting that it has been managed by tea party members — is herehere and here. The PAC’s donors also include prominent local tea party members and leaders.

The tea party, with its extremist views, has been one of the most polarizing elements of local politics in recent years.

The latest campaign filings also show the “HOPE Committee Against Measure W” has raised $12,612. Hometown Hydroponics in Grass Valley donated $5,000, the reports show. A group “Hope for Silas” loaned $5,000. The filing is here: Against Measure W

The Union is a financial beneficiary of this group’s campaigning, among others. The group spent $1,170 for two full-page ads in the “Nevada County Cannibus” newspaper that The Union now publishes. For background, “Can pot ads save newspapers”? is here.



Local tea party rhetoric: What do candidates Miller, Newell and Ferguson think?

More PAC money is infiltrating local races — this time the newly created PAC called “Americans for Good Government,” managed by local Tea Party members, paid $2,222.37 for District 3 Supervisor candidate Dan Miller’s first campaign mailer. The local Tea Party PAC also donated $2,000 to Cliff Newell’s DA campaign and $2,000 to Anna Ferguson’s Superior Court Judge campaign. Details are here and here.

Here’s a “screen grab” of the latest Facebook post on the Nevada County Tea Party Facebook page: “Poor people have been voting Democrat for 50 years, and they’re still poor,” from Charles Barkley. I wonder if the candidates who have accepted this PAC money condone this highly partisan (not to mention, nasty toned) message. Where, on earth, is the public-sector leadership in our community? I’ve voted for Republicans and Democrats during my life, but I can’t see how this type of discourse is good for anybody or anything.

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