Tuesday, April 06, 2010


I thought this might be someone pulling off a spoof when I first saw and read of it over at Humbug's place, but it's true. Bonnie Neely is actually holding a fundraiser for her re- election campaign in Sacramento. That certainly deserves a copycat post from me.

Unbelievable. This has to be a first in a county Board of Supes race. I'm not sure what words describe it best: Balsy? Arrogant? Well, shameless certainly applies, if only because Bonnie was one of the proponents of Measure T. You know; the old Vote Local Control folks that wanted to prohibit campaign contributions in local races from "non- local" businesses.

I'm sure we won't hear any criticism of this fundraiser from the local lefties, though. After all, they aren't really concerned about outside money or influence in local elections, as long as it's for their candidate.

I would think most local folks would at least see it as tacky, though, if nothing else. After all, wouldn't it be a bit tacky for a candidate for Eureka City Council to hold a campaign fundraiser in Fortuna? Seems to me it's pretty much the same sort of thing.

Addendum: The North Coast Journal's Blogthing picked up the issue and there's been some discussion.

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At 8:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't you oppose Measure T Fred? Did you decide to change your stance?

At 8:42 AM, Blogger Rose said...

Measure T was a sham from the get-go.

At 8:57 AM, Blogger mresquan said...

"I'm sure we won't hear any criticism of this fundraiser from the local lefties"

Have you asked?I'll tell you that there are quite a few of us supporters quite disappointed.I've previously posted on the mirror my personal thoughts,and I find her out of town donations deplorable.And I assume that you are making your assumption that others disappointed should be blogging about it,even though they have no interest in participating in the blogosphere.
Also,that doesn't meant that the challengers are any better qualified to serve on the board.

At 9:19 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Didn't you oppose Measure T Fred? Did you decide to change your stance?.

I'm assuming you did support Measure T? Which makes my point, assuming you find no problem with a fundraiser in Sacramento.

As for me, yes I opposed it and no, I haven't changed my stance. I'm simply commenting on the hypocrisy. Even if one doesn't care much about funds and influence from outside the area as per Measure T, it would still seem inappropriate for a city council candidate from Eureka to hold a fundraiser in another city, which is akin to what Bonnie is doing here.

I'm not saying it is illegal, or that it should be, just inappropriate.

At 9:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I voted no Fred, but thanks for assuming the opposite.

In my mind, Bonnie is simply following the rules. If money is there for the taking, why not take it? You can guarantee every candidate, except maybe Mr. Little, will take whatever they can get. If you really feel strongly against such stragities, then change the rules. Chris Crawford has been talking about it for some time. Until then, it's fair game.

For me, the money is really a non-issue. You can almost always predict who will support each candidate. Is anyone suprised that the local building, real estate, developing groups support Virginia? Of course not-

My vote is currently for Bonnie, but for me, she must prove herself in the debates. If her opponents come across as qualified, then I could be swayed. Actually, Leonard is closing in on Bonnie in my book.

At 9:48 AM, Blogger Fred said...

As I've said here more than once before, I'm ambivalent on nearly all campaign finance "reforms" or restrictions and I understand your position. I might even be in partial agreement with it.

Still, even I would like to see this have some semblance to a race for representation of a district with the county. She seems to be more interested in representing various interests around the state by this Sacramento event.

I certainly would still comment on out- of- area donations accepted by a Measure T supporter, but I don't know that I would be all that bothered by it as a matter of personal principle as I am with the Sacramento thing.

Actually holding a fundraiser out- of- county goes beyond that, imo. Not sure I can articulate just why that's different than simply having funds mailed to her from out of the area.

Regardless, she certainly seems to have no concern in regards her supposed past support for "local control".

At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonder if Wacky Wiggins even knows this is happening. Bonnie better hide any water bottles. lol

Looks like the return address is probably someone's Sacramento staff. Chesbro?

At 8:25 PM, Blogger Fred said...

A quote from the Humboldt Mirror I think appropriate:

“Measure T would allow Humboldt citizens to exercise local control over our own elections, that’s good for democracy.”
-Bonnie Neely

Yet she's going to Sacramento to get money from across the state?

At 7:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thought Larry Glass DID hold a fund raiser in Fortuna when he was being the pitchman for mandatory trash collection. Pretty sure Eureka Garbage Company thinks of Larry as their guy on the inside...

At 7:32 AM, Blogger Fred said...

I don't recall Glass holding a fundraiser in Fortuna. I do recall him going down there and addressing the Fortuna City Council to try and convince them to join the Humboldt Waste Management Authority, or something along that line.

At 7:45 AM, Blogger mresquan said...

Well he's on their board,so it's not all that inappropriate.

At 12:33 PM, Blogger Carol said...

The recent Supreme Court's ruling change everything and anything goes now:



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