• October 31, 2020
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Who Is Trying to Buy Irvine’s City Council Seats?

Independent Expenditures from September 21 – October 23, 2020 The charts below show the total amount of independent expenditure contributions supporting or opposing individual candidates from September 21 through October 23, 2020. Irvine Watchdog will provide ongoing updates on campaign contributions in the 2020 election. For more, see IrvineWatchdog.org/election-2020/ An independent expenditure is an expense for a […]

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Election 2020: Candidates Money Raised From Sept. 20 – Oct. 17

The City Council and Mayoral Candidates filed their last pre-election campaign report before the upcoming November 3rd election. Farrah Khan raised the most in this filing period with $26,204 from September 20 through October 17, 2020. All filings are public documents and are available online here using the city’s campaign statement public portal. Candidates who do […]

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Deceptive Candidate Mailers

Recent statements made in political advertisements mailed to voters by a local political action committee (PAC) called Atlas PAC are misleading and should be corrected. The flyers refer to City Council candidate Mike Carroll. “Re-Elect Vice Mayor Mike Carroll” is boldly placed in the headers, which is both deceptive and insulting to voters. While it is important […]

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Dark Money Contributions (9/21/20 -10/9/20)

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for clarity. A look at Independent Expenditures from 9/21- 10/9 The charts below show the total amount of dark money contributions supporting or opposing individual candidates from September 21 through October 9, 2020. These numbers will be updated weekly. An independent expenditure is an expense for a political […]

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Tips for Evaluating Election Information

It’s election season. Irvine voters will be hit with a great deal of information. Some of it accurate, some not, some in between. To evaluate it, ask some questions:  Where is this information coming from? Who is paying for it? What do they want to accomplish? What is their track record? How transparent are they […]

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Voice of OC: Op-Ed – The Real Incumbent in Irvine

By: Wesley Oliphant, published in the Voice of OC To read the full article click here or the link below. Oliphant: The Real Incumbent in Irvine

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Wagner, Kuo, O’Malley: It’s Raining PAC Money

When it comes to donations, Mayor Wagner’s slate with Anthony Kuo and Carrie O’Malley has no competition. For those who haven’t seen the post Mayoral Campaign Thoughts, almost $800,000 is being funneled through political action committees (PACs) to support Mayor Wagner’s slate. To provide perspective, the average non-developer backed city council candidate actively campaigns in hopes to receive […]

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The Anonymous Attacks Have Begun

Anybody receive an email with this?   This is dirty campaigning at its best and the race for mayor has just begun! For years now our city has been inundated with unethical campaigning often funded by dark/developer money through political action committees (PACs).  This is a problem.  I am not for or against Ed Pope, […]

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Over $1.5 MILLION PAC Money …and counting for Measures B, C & D

Well over $1.5m dollars and counting has been flowing through the PAC laundering machine in support of Irvine City measures B, C & D.  Save $250 donation from the veteran’s alliance there isn’t a citizen donation in sight.  Who is representing the Citizens of Irvine?  

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Corruption at City Hall?

How do you feel about our elected City Council members and city council candidates receiving a majority of donations from the development community while NOT recusing themselves from voting on those development projects? SIX of NINE contributions are from the Strader family for Melissa Fox’s campaign (Patrick Strader is the lobbyist for FivePoint/Starpointe Ventures). Seven […]

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