No surprise, the IBEW which stands to profit handsomely from the Measure B charter reform and DWP solar energy monopoly fraud and is its author and main financial backer gave the maximum to the campaigns of Jack Weiss and Wendy Greuel.
Nor is it a surprise that the remarkably ineffectual sleepwalker Weiss has raised $1 million almost entirely from lawyers who stand to reap millions from the City Attorney Office’s dependence on outside attorneys and even more from settlements and lawsuits against the city.
The payback on $1,000 contributions would make even Bernie Madoff is his heyday drool.
In contrast to Weiss, his best-funded challenge for City Attorney, Carmen “Nuch” Trutanich has half as much money to run on but only gotten a smattering of money from lawyers. More money came from law enforcement interests and those who don’t stand to cash in monetarily from having a friend in high places.
Greuel, too, counts a lot of lawyers among the contributors to her $700,000 war chest for her campaign to succeed City Controller Laura who earned a reputation as the people’s watchdog, not the political machine’s lapdog.
The special interests that count or have counted on Greuel to deliver the goods with a wink and a nod to their excesses include a lot of people and companies in property development. People like the Westfield shopping center interests and those involved in the NBC-Universal massive development project, even new City Planning Commission member Sean Burton and his wife among others that are part of the well-connect empire of Henry Cisneros.
Both Weiss and Greuel also collect healthy sums from the consultants, contractors and others who live off City Hall’s sweetheart deals. Even lobbyists’ spouses are helping them out since the lobbyists themselves are barred from contributing thanks to the Measure R fraud two years ago that wrapped giving council members a third term about phony ethics reforms.
You won’t know any of this reading the four paragraphs on the campaign statements filed Monday reading the Daily News or the Times which had a somewhat longer story. In both cases, all that interested them was the horse race for how much money the campaigns have raised.
But the truth of what kind of government you’ll get is in the details of who they solicited money from and owe favors to. That’s where the devils are and I urge you to click on the links to Weiss and Greuel in the first paragraph and report back to me if you spot some devils I missed.