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The smart votes on SB52 were from the Republicans

Posted: April 13, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 13, 2014 2:00 a.m.

A recent letter-to-the editor (“We need more transparency in our elections,” April 1 in The Signal) authored by a Democrat, chided Republicans in general and Assemblyman Scott Wilk specifically for the failure to pass “Disclose Act, SB52,” purportedly a bill intended to put sunlight on “dark money.”

That assignment of blame is dense.

Why is SB52 so important at this date?

Democrats were gleeful with their former super-majority. They could have passed anything they wanted during that time.

But that super-majority no longer exists as a direct result of the arrests, indictments and/or convictions of three of their own: Rod Wright, D-Inglewood; Leland Yee, D-San Francisco; and Ron Calderon, D-Montebello.

Add brother Tom Calderon to the list. He is a former California Assemblyman who dropped his bid for the state Senate due to his recent arrest.

Go figure: one felonious Democrat after another is mired in the cesspool of corruption — and Republicans are the problem.

Does anyone actually believe that SB52 would have given Californians an honest accounting of “donors”? Or that gangster “Shrimp Boy” Chow would have put his name on a donor list for his aid in trafficking rocket launchers and big guns?

Or that Michael Drobot (who turned state’s evidence) would have done the same for his money flow to the Calderons?

This bill is merely a rehab of SB52, the Political Reform Act of 1974, and it’s as worthless as the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002.

The real transparency to be exposed is that this latest SB52 is realistically about disclosing and targeting conservative donations that battle liberal causes.

Assemblyman Scott Wilk was smart to reject the fallacy.

I called and thanked him for his vote.



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