When the Fresno County GOP was fined $29,000 for taking contributions from a San Diego family and donating them to a State Assemblyman, I said at the time that the primary function of political parties today is to "launder money". You would have thought I revealed a deep secret of politics, and of course, I was right, as today’s California Watch documents, there is significant money laundering on both sides of the aisle.
I was particularly amused by being taken to task for my statements by one Steve Maviglio, who is mostly famous for defending the records of such "effective" poltiical leaders as Gray Davis and Karen Bass. In his "California Majority Report" (why would they even be proud of being the majority when they’ve bankrupted the State?) he refers to money laundering as a felony, which is true.
I guess the entire political system is full of felons – except the system has been given a legal way to launder.
For example, when the local SEIU makes a poltical donation, do we know the source of the funds? Do we know what individuals contributed to the SEIU political action committee? When there are multiple committee transfers, such a from the Sierra Club to Karen Bass to the California Democrat Party to Henry Perea, how do we identify the source of the original donations without a team of forensic accountants? Can’t be done.
There is very little transparency in campaign finance. The system is worse now than ever before. And it is a legal form of money laundering. Case closed.
Steve, you can go back to defending your team of Bernie Madoffs now.