Monday, August 08, 2005


It should come as a shock to absolutely nobody that John Campbell was named as a Co-Chair of the CalBorderPolice Initiative – HIS OWN POLITICAL CONSULTANT RUNS THE INITIATIVE!

Dave Gilliard is no dummy, and surely is aware of Campbell’s potential liability on the issue of illegal immigration, and so as a way to inoculate against this stumbling block, Gilliard did what anybody would do – he named his own client as one of those in charge of one of his firm’s other projects.

Now, what I'm curious about - and what I would love to hear from Campbell, Gilliard, Andrews, or anybody involved - is whether Gilliard's standard practice of "charging" several thousands of dollars for the "honor" of being named to one of these types of positions, held true here.

It’s a completely transparent move, but surely one that will help ensure Campbell is the next Congressman from the 48th.

However, through a different looking glass, it is sad that Gilliard would discredit this initiative by appointing someone who’s been poor on the issue to a place of such prominence – so early in the process.

Also, no big shock that Congressman Ed Royce - another Gilliard client - is the State Chair of the Initiative.


At 8/08/2005 4:46 PM, Blogger Dave Gilliard said...

Every member of the Legislature and the entire California Congressional delegation (both parties) were invited to help the Cal Border Police Initiative. Of the sixteen who have signed on to co-chair the initiative, six (Royce; Campbell; Haynes; Runner,G; Runner,S: and Walters) are GBWA clients. Each has committed to donating or raising funds for the signature drive.

At 8/08/2005 4:54 PM, Blogger Dave Gilliard said...

Also, John Campbell, as a co-chair of Rescue California-Save our Licenses, personally raised over $100,000 for the successful signature drive that forced repeal of SB 60.

At 8/09/2005 3:36 AM, Blogger kettle black said...

Well, that clears it up for me... He was co-chair for Rescue California when it raised money.

It all makes sense now. Legitimacy through prior co-chairmanship.

The question posed was: Whether Gilliard's standard practice of "charging" several thousands of dollars for the "honor" of being named co-chair?"

The answer seems to be "YES" -- they had to "commit to donating or raising funds for the signature drive."

At 8/14/2005 7:03 PM, Anonymous Jack Stanton said...

dave gilliard does a great job getting paid

At 8/17/2005 5:55 PM, Blogger Senator McCarthy said...


Haynes is a notoriously poor fundraiser. He can't even raise money for his race for BOE.

How much has he given to the initiative or has "promised" to raise money for?

If Haynes fails to raise the money for the initiative . . . will you drop him as co-chair? Probably not because he is your client.

At 8/17/2005 8:15 PM, Blogger NickM said...

Brian (aka Senator McCCarthy - query whether that's Joe or Eugene), just admit that you're on Shawn's payroll. :-)



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