UPDATE 1:37 p.m. 7/14
EVIDENCE OF INFORMED COLLUSION OF CCRP AND HARMER TO KNOWINGLY VIOLATE CALIFORNIA STATE ELECTION CODE AND PARTY BYLAWS PILES UP
Ted Hudacko writes that
“Michael Caporusso has been serving simultaneously as both CCRP’s Executive Director (despite the current effort to redesignate him as ‘consultant’) and Mr. Harmer’s Campaign Manager. In May, the CCRP membership was informed of a $50k allocation from Mr. Harmer (or his campaign) to CCRP, ostensibly for voter registration. Given that CCRP has outstanding debts left over from 2008, that CCRP’s largest ongoing expense is Mr. Caporusso’s salary, and the fact that all funds are fungible, there are questions how this money is actually being spent. Volunteers in the CCRP dial for dollars operation managed by Mr. Caporusso have been reading a script that talks of only ‘one candidate’ and identifies Mr. Harmer.”
Also See recent comment nearby documenting Michael Caparusso as spokesperson for Harmer campaign while on payroll of CCRP as Executive Director ($4,000 per month).
Caporusso is identified as CCRP Executive Director on the party website and one of his many email addresses:
firstname.lastname@example.org; on behalf of; Michael Caporusso [Director@contracostagop.com]
See also the CCRP website
SHOULD NOT HARMER STEP DOWN NOW?
IT APPEARS HE HAS KNOWINGLY AUTHORIZED THE USE OF CCRP STAFF AND RESOURCES TO CALL FOR A PHONE A THON FUNDRAISER WITH HIM AS ITS EXCLUSIVE BENEFICIARY.
UPDATE 7:00 p.m. 7/12
CCRP conspires to break CA GOP party bylaws and California election code
Contra Costa County Republican Committee (CCRP) member Ted Hudacko, (D-1), has sent a letter to Steve Sonaty, the alleged “legal counsel” of the County GOP, that challenges Sonaty’s instruction to committee members to conspire with Sonaty and other certain members of the Central Committee to violate both California GOP Party bylaws and the State of California Election Code. Sonaty instructed CCRP leadership to take a firm position of support for David Harmer in the upcoming CD-10 Special Election runoff.
In the document below, Steve Sonaty reponds to committee member Sean Ackley’s suggestion that the CCRP organize a Forum for Republican CD-10 candidates, of which there are at least four. Instead, Sonaty countermands Ackley, suggesting instead that CCRP leadership rally behind one candidate, Daved Harmer, a candidate that has been openly supported by CCRP vice chair, Tom Del Beccaro, former chair of the CCRP and current embattled vice chair of the California Republican Party.
Ted Hudack, representing District 1, then responds to Sonaty, citing appropriate sections of the California Republican Party Bylaws and California’s Election Code, which prohibit a county central committee to “endorse, support, or oppose” any candidate for nomination by the California Republican Party for partisan office in the direct primary election.”
A lawless GOP is not what California needs. A candidate and other party leaders that play along with such collusion should be considered suspect.
As Deep Throat once whispered, “Follow the money.”