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Arkley and Whitman

Eureka cash flashers Rob and Cherie Arkely pose with California gubernatorial candidate Meg “Megabucks” Whitman and husband Griffith Harsh in this July 2010 photo.

Whitman, the former CEO of eBay, recently broke the record for most money donated to a campaign — her own.  But despite her riches Arkley donated at least $25,000 to Whitman this year.

  1. Ragtime
    October 10, 2010 at 4:26 am

    Will wealth and power finally defeat the dreams of the people to govern ourselves and free ourselves from bondage to kings and potentates???

    Will the dreams of the Founders dissolve into the corrosive amoral muck of wealthy power-seekers???

    Will corporations with loyalty to no country and no people except their major stock-holders continue to buy up the American government that was once the hope of the world???

    Will the power of wealth finally defeat the government “of the people, by the people, and for the people”???

    Stay tuned.

    And vote!

  2. lumpy
    October 10, 2010 at 7:39 am

    pretty casual picture. over for a bbq? maybe a woman’s clothing swap party? oh – and here’s a check!

  3. Wazthere
    October 10, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Just another example of your knee-jerk anti-Arkley bias on this blog.

  4. $$$$$$$$$$
    October 10, 2010 at 7:50 am

    More shoddy journalism from the Times-Standard today. They’re story on Local campaign financing fails miserably to point out that it’s the same list of donners in these campains racking up the huge difference. Three Eureka candidates are the beneficiaries of this wave of cash; Jager, Newman and Brady! This is a giant political machine run by Owen, Tyson and Marks with puppet master Rob staying just out of sight.
    The “good ole boys must be pretty scared”!

  5. Decline to State
    October 10, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Is that the Security National logo on Griffith Harsh’s polo shirt?

  6. Harold h. Greene
    October 10, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Meg Whitman is silly. The Arkleys should be able to see that. But they don’t.

    –virgil

  7. humboldturtle
    October 10, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Rob’s lost a few pounds.

    Lookin’ good, dude. Now go away.

  8. Osprey
    October 10, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Cherie: “So what’s it like to attempt to buy the Governor’s seat?…..we’re still at the Supervisorial and ballot initiative level.”

  9. Un-Named
    October 10, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Remember when he…er…his family gave Shwarzenegger’s reelection $150k? How his teenage daughter had managed to save up $45,000 while still in highschool is beyond me….and yes, while I know it’s common practice, it doesn’t make it any less shady.

    Did Security National get what it wanted from Schwarzenegger? Because the rest of us sure didn’t. We want Security National taking over parts of Humboldt why again?

  10. High Finance
    October 10, 2010 at 8:44 am

    What a bunch of anti RA hatred I read here. You guys need to get a life.

  11. Un-Named
    October 10, 2010 at 8:48 am

    You sure got a hot spot for “RA”, High Finance. Security National is an ambulance chaser bank. They bank on ghetto’s. Security National needs to disappear…from Humboldt at least.

  12. Ed
    October 10, 2010 at 9:05 am

    This is gonna break Steve Glazer’s heart.

  13. humboldturtle
    October 10, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Maybe it’s come to that. Maybe they can ALL leave.

  14. Harsh/Megabucks
    October 10, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Are my eyes foolin’ me or has Cherie turned Rob on to her hair colorist?

    Cherie’s gonna fire her PR gal for letting this pic through. She looks awful! Everything’s saggin’.

  15. anonymous
    October 10, 2010 at 9:20 am

    HiFi I think you are the one who needs to get a life, as yours seems to be reading and commenting that the RA’s haters need to get one, on a very regular basis.

  16. Anonymous
    October 10, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Dead ringer for Peter Griffin

  17. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    October 10, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Whitman is a former Goldman Sachs chronie vassal who stole and grafted 120 million into her own pocket right before leaving G-S’s (so, using grafted and partially stolen earnings/bonuses/stock options to run for a political office. Anyone, and I do mean everyone, who votes for Meg Whitman OR JERRY BROWN….

    ARE COOKOO FOR POLITICAL CONTORTIONISTS WHICH CARE ONLY FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT AND ITS MINIONS!

    Wonder why things are so POLITICALLY ESTRANGED!

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  18. Bolithio
    October 10, 2010 at 9:58 am

    You can write me in as an alternative.

  19. 69er
    October 10, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Not to worry folks, Governor ‘Moonbeam’ is back to lead us once more.

  20. Ed
    October 10, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Yeah 69er, anyone crazy enough to promote satellite communication before it was popular must be a hopeless nutjob.

  21. Ed
    October 10, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I suppose they should remove those pesky White House PV panels again too.

  22. Anonymous
    October 10, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Where did this picture come from? Why would any of them want it floating around?

  23. Not A Native
    October 10, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Nice pic. This isn’t ‘hating Arkley’ at all. It isn’t a photoshopped charicature with added horns and tail or some such like the Mirror blog might do. Or an unflattering candid snap. Its them depicted as they want to be seen.

    Funny how some posters here react as if ANY reminder of Arkley’s very conservative politics is defamatory. IMO, either they’re really ashamed of who he is and reminders of that are hurtful or else they really like Arkely’s politics but are afraid that if local people become informed about the range of Arkley’s activities, they would be more skeptical of his local projects.

    I don’t know whether Arkley believes Whitman will win, but contributing to her campaign is an act of fealty and loyalty. It ingratiates Arkley in the Republican party which will retain political power regardless of Whitman’s win or loss. Then there’s the ‘proximity to celebrity’ factor to keep Cherie and Rob’s egos inflated. And simply being familiar with how the real big fish operate is useful to the medium fish in a tiny pond. You can bet they talked about the Coastal Commission being a ‘problem’.

  24. High Finance
    October 10, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Not a Native, perhaps your own biases blinded you to the posts at; 4.26am, 8.32am, 8.38am, 8.42am, 9.05am, 9.11am and then of course the post at 10.43am accusing RA & Cherie of pathetic celebrity chasing.

    It would help if posters would stop trying to pretend they are not bashing when obviously you guys are.

  25. US out of North America
    October 10, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Looks like a reunion of early Bavarian Beer Hall Nazis.

  26. A-nony-mouse
    October 10, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Harsh/Megabucks has it right. Rob looks all puffed up (as usual?) and Cheri’s wearing black to hide H/M’s allegations. Maybe too much drinking on the Gazebo?

  27. anonymous
    October 10, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Posters bash RA and HiFi bashes the posters.

  28. Un-Named
    October 10, 2010 at 11:01 am

    …nine thousand billion posts wouldn’t be compensation for anybody screwed by Security National. Remember their take on Friends of the Dunes?

  29. comicreleaf
    October 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Is it me or does Rob have an uncanny resemblance to Peter Griffin from The Familiy Guy? Jus wonderin…

  30. comicreleaf
    October 10, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Dang, someone beat me to the punch, shoulda read the thread

  31. Anonymous
    October 10, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    The Whitmans look theyre just in from watching the grandkids soccer game next to Rob and Cherie this was taken of course before the housekeeper scandal. The Arkleys are probably embarrassed by the shot but then, Heraldo knew that.

  32. Tired of PJ
    October 10, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Anyone here have an IQ over 95, or graduate from HS.
    Like a bunch of children making fun of adults. Not one of you has done shit compared to anyone of them and you have all these childish little hits. None even very funny. Of course that fits with this bog.

  33. Not A Native
    October 10, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    HiFi, I was refering only to H creating this thread highlighting Arkley’s contribution to Whitman’s campaign and the 7:48 posting, finding bias by just the printing of that fact.

    But you’re also getting your panties in a bunch over some silly posts. And your posts, just as silly as the others, belie any claim you make of dignity. The Arkleys have chosen to make themselves public figures, being publically ridiculed reasonably goes with that.

  34. Anonymous
    October 10, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    As 11:01 said, some of these “hits” have a lot to do with negative personal experiences with the Arkleys or Security National. Others are because people just don’t agree with their politics. The thing is, “Tired of PJ” @ 1:35, you don’t have to read this “bog” (blog) if you don’t want to. And, if you choose to, you know pretty much what to expect to find here.

  35. Anonymous
    October 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    In response to Not a Native’s assertion being a public figure opens ‘them’ up to “being publically ridiculed” why is it only in Humboldt County that public benefactors who have invested millions upon millions of dollars in their community are continuously harassed and ridiculed, forced to higher standards than average citizens and like developers? Its crazy ridiculous is what it is and I’ve read a lot of other newspapers and blogs…no its only Here in bumfuk Backwardsville that Freedom of Expression makes the founding fathers barf in their coffins.

  36. Anonymous
    October 10, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Forced to higher standards? I don’t think so.

    Also, I think you’ve missed something as to why the Arkley’s are so often criticized and why even their generosity toward the community hasn’t exempted them from that. We’re not talking about benefactors who give without expecting something in return, whether that be undying gratitude, admiration, special treatment, loyalty or favors. The fact that they’re not subtle about this doesn’t help them either.

  37. Not A Native
    October 10, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Anonymous 2:26 “public figure” does not equal “public benefactor”. Thats just your personal spin. Of course you’re welcome to an opinion. But its an opinion, not fact.

    Anyway, you imply that making donations exempts someone from being criticized in any other action. Why should that be? People who do right things can also do wrong things. Its appropriate to give praise for the one and criticism(and even punishment) for the other. Would you exonerate Bernie Madoff because he gave large donations to many charitable causes(which he did)? Or are you of the opinion that Arkley can do no wrong?

  38. anonymous
    October 10, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Ya gotta wonder why Whitman would spend upwards of $100 million to secure a job that pays little more than $200,000. If she cares so much about the state why not put that money to work where it would do some good, and I don’t mean just giving it away.
    Perhaps she is just looking for another playground. What a colossal waste.

  39. anonymous
    October 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Arkely reminds me of Patrick from SpongeBobSquarePants

  40. Anonymous
    October 10, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    I agree Anonymous, 3:19. It’s sickening to think about the money spent on Whitman’s campaign. I’m sure she would justify it as money well-spent if she wins and “saves the state of CA.” And is the massive amount of money she’s thrown into this even necessary to secure a win? Or will it make a difference in the end?
    Likewise, Measure N is wasteful in it’s own way and SN could be using those funds to pay their debts.

  41. October 10, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    How does this even compare to Bonnie Neeley receiving over $100,000 in campaign donations over the past five years from only TWO sources: Pierson (and his various business entities) and Blue Lake Casino?

    Rob’s donation to Whitman may get the future governor to answer his phone call, but what do Bill and the tribe want in exchange for their support?

  42. Plain Jane
    October 10, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Good governance, Chris.

  43. Ragtime
    October 10, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Chris Crawford says:
    October 10, 2010 at 4:00 pm
    How does this even compare to Bonnie Neeley receiving over $100,000 in campaign donations over the past five years from only TWO sources: Pierson (and his various business entities) and Blue Lake Casino?

    Rob’s donation to Whitman may get the future governor to answer his phone call, but what do Bill and the tribe want in exchange for their support?

    >>> OK, I’ll bite. What do they want from Bonnie? Specifics, now, backed my evidence we can independently corroborate.

  44. Ragtime
    October 10, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Chris Crawford says:
    October 10, 2010 at 4:00 pm
    How does this even compare to Bonnie Neeley receiving over $100,000 in campaign donations over the past five years from only TWO sources: Pierson (and his various business entities) and Blue Lake Casino?

    Rob’s donation to Whitman may get the future governor to answer his phone call, but what do Bill and the tribe want in exchange for their support?

    >>> OK, I’ll bite. What do they want from Bonnie? Specifics, now, backed BY evidence we can independently corroborate.

  45. October 10, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    If you have to ask, you are either new or monumentally naive.

  46. Plain Jane
    October 10, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Since Chris is who asked the question originally, “Rob’s donation to Whitman may get the future governor to answer his phone call, (as well as different people on the CCC and the tax cuts she’s been promising) but what do Bill and the tribe want in exchange for their support,” is he new or monumentally naive? Or is there a third option?

  47. Ragtime
    October 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Chris Crawford, I am neither new nor monumentally naive. I gave you an opportunity to give specific charges and evidence to back them up. You chose to dance sideways. Don’t blame me if your credibility suffers.

  48. On the Run
    October 10, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    I wonder if the Arkley’s mentioned their own experience of spending alot of money on a failed bid for political office. Also, I would bet they did not mention the old threats to change from California residency to avoid the state taxes.

  49. Anonymous
    October 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I’m probably more ignorant than naive – but what does the tribe want from Bonnie? Seriously, I don’t really know even though it seems I should.

  50. October 10, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    I’m probably more ignorant than naive – but what does the tribe want from Bonnie?

    You are missing the point. You must simply assume that anyone who supports Bonnie is a dirty motherfucker while anyone who shovels money to Bass has angel white wings.

    Get it?

  51. Anonymous
    October 10, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    So Crawford, does Pierson’s donations bother you because without them, the developer candidates would probably have 5 times as much cash as the Democrats in each race?

    Or Is it your goal to taint his contributions, so that a donation from Pierson is as toxic as a donation from Arkley?

    Chris has never recovered from the results of the Kerrigan/Bohn council race, and it shows.

  52. humboldturtle
    October 10, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Crawford stoops to name-calling instead of answering the question. Oom..Pah…Pah.

  53. mresquan
    October 10, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Maybe Chris would rather one simple question,such why O&M Industries large donations are a-ok while Pierson’s are corrupt?

  54. Anonymous
    October 10, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Ignorant/naive here again. I completely understand both the evil vs. pure mentality and Bill Pierson supporting Bonnie. And, I’m not suggesting there is any particular reason Bonnie would be of benefit the tribe. I don’t understand their involvement from a political standpoint – other than the fact they like her. I’m mostly curious about what is being implied by people who hint at some nefarious relationship.

  55. give me a funnel
    October 10, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I just think…..YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. A-nony-mouse
    October 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Hell, I donated $$$XXX!! to several campaigns. All I want is governance that puts people ahead of MONEY. That would be a good change, just for starters.

  57. Truth Be Told
    October 10, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    “Good governance, Chris.”

    – Plain Jane slays Crawford with two simple, devastating words.

    (Cue Jane blowing smoke from the barrels of her pistols, then cooly reholstering.)

  58. No surprises here
    October 10, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Gosh aren’t these just same as same as political donations. All are hoping their paid for candidates make life better for them, and forget the prosperity of the community. Special interests are called that because that is what they are. Look to who has the most at stake, then vote. See where they spend their moolah…is it for your sake or theirs?

  59. Observer
    October 10, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Moolah schmoola “surprise” it is about voting for the candidate who considers the needs of the community, not the bought man (or woman, or puppet) in the race. And define prosperity, I know a lot of sick, fat, old, affluent people. Healthy, happy, vibrant, that is prosperity “surprise”, that is the long term goal.

  60. tenth street dreamer
    October 10, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Politics has some pretty strange bed fellows, some good and some bad. Our job as voters is to figure out who is a schemer and up to no good and who the good guys are. It is not an easy task to separate the garbage we get fed. My personal preference is what is served here, baring the really off the wall comments. Thanks, Heraldo for a dish well served.

  61. Logic
    October 10, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    >>> OK, I’ll bite. What do they want from Bonnie? Specifics, now, backed my evidence we can independently corroborate.

    A queer gambling day and no Home Depot?

  62. Not A Native
    October 10, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    OK Chris, I get it. Bonnie is going to get approval for slot machines in Pierson’s to save the store from being put out of business by Home Depot.

  63. Observer
    October 10, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    zoom in

  64. Anonymous
    October 10, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Arkleys look great and the other couple look casual and appropriate for a country scene. Rob looks larger than he is. He is pretty thin. What gives? It’s not a bad picture, just repubs rubbing elbows with repubs, just like the lefties here.

  65. Anonymous
    October 10, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I agree that RA looks larger than he really is – he’s in the foreground so that’s the way it goes. Arkleys both look as usual, Meg needs a little help (also as usual), and Harsh looks trim.

    Also, no great surprise they are hobnobbing.

    I AM curious about how this photo got out.

  66. 69er
    October 10, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    A combination of sour grapes and envy. Nothing of any value whatsoever.

  67. Observer
    October 10, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    ok, maybe it’s a whisp not a scar

  68. October 10, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Another photo that was overlooked as a “caption this photo” contest…

    Sad, very sad.

  69. Anonymous
    October 10, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    69er @ 9:11 – Envy, not. Sour grapes, possibly – as a stretch. Venting, definitely. These are not the nicest or most ethical people to be involved with. As for value, probably not much if you aren’t interested in people expressing their opinions.

  70. 69er
    October 10, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Don’t mind being involved with any of them, would just like to see a bit more constructive criticism.

    Sure wish we had someone to vote for as Governor instead of just voting against someone!!

  71. TruthBspoken
    October 11, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Bill Pierson gives Bonnie $50,000 to keep Home Depot out of Eureka. It has worked wonderfully so far. The Blue Lake tribe gives $50,000 to keep gambling going in the county and contribute to more social and economic misfortune in this area, not to mention crime. The Southern Humboldt pot growers have sent Bonnie many thousands of dollars to tell our youth that drugs are all right.

    Good Governance?

    You people are more sick than I originally thought.

  72. Plain Jane
    October 11, 2010 at 9:07 am

    As if Neely, or any supervisor, has any power over tribal gaming or the ability to prevent any business locating here.

  73. Anonymous
    October 11, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Again Not a Native @3:06 It is not opinion but Fact the Arkleys are being held to a higher standard. If you look at the history of waterfront development meaning Waterfront-right next to the water…many other developers (Dave Snyder especially) have constructed metal storage buildings with not one peep from Baykeeper, not one design review, others have capped their property to develop including the Adorni to my recollection. Yes there is a pretty big pile of documentation to back up this “opinion”.

    This is the main reason Measure N will resoundingly pass. Voters in Eureka are a lot smarter than Heraldo and a handful of activists give them credit for.

  74. Anonymous
    October 11, 2010 at 10:41 am

    69er – What I meant was that there are people posting on this blog who have been personally involved with Security National/the Arkleys and have suffered for it. They post negative comments because they’ve had negative first hand experiences or dealings with them. That’s not to say the Arkleys have done nothing good for our community or have not been generous – surely they have. But, if you cross or offend them, you pay. Still, nasty personal comments on appearance, etc. add no value here.

  75. Politics Aside
    October 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Griffith Harsh saved my wife’s life. My family is eternally grateful for his work.

  76. Reinventing The Wheel
    October 11, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Of the top 100 economies in the world, over half are corporations.

    Hold them to a higher standard?

    How about holding them accountable?

    The corporate veil is nothing more than the modern equivalent to the moat. If the “liberal” media ever pointed this out, the other half of the America’s eligible voters might actually begin registering.

    If you consider the unreported potential windfall from Humboldt Sunshine VS The People of Humboldt County, the millions spent on local AstroTurf, on lobbyists and on politics, settlements, and lawyers, and on and on…Arkley’s $6 million tax-deductible contribution to Eureka, while appreciated, starts looking extremely cynical.

    How much lost-productivity has the U.S. suffered from Security National’s liquidations of assets from “under-performing loans”? It’s no coincidence that the buyers will need more loans to start anew…and with careful manipulation, another liquidation will soon take place. Sound’s eerily like the tricks and traps of the housing and auto mfg. debacle.

    America’s level of economic failure is limited only by the degree to which parasites are allowed to profit from it.

  77. Anonymous
    October 11, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Politics Aside, 12:16 – Dr. Griffith Harsh seems very impressive and I’m sure you’re not alone in being grateful to him and thankful for his skills and dedication.

    Meg Whitman is a clearly extremely smart, hard-working, ambitious woman. My issue with her, aside from most political viewpoints, is the vast sum of money she has put into her campaign. It boggles the mind and verges on obscene, especially in these economic times.

  78. A-nony-mouse
    October 11, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I love how Chris Crawford generates huge numbers for Bonnie out of the clear blue sky. Brings to mind the old adage about 78% of all statistics are made up. Chris, if donations made candidates beholding to the donors, then Virginia must be totally owned by the Who’s Who of big developers on her list. And I suspect she is!

  79. High Finance
    October 12, 2010 at 8:54 am

    50 people donating $1,000 does not beholden an office holder to anybody Mouse.

    One person donating $50,000 does.

    But you knew that.

  80. Un-Named
    October 12, 2010 at 9:07 am

    You are as wrong as possible, High Finance. But you know that. If 50 people donate $1000 on a local level, you better believe somebody directing their common interest has the candidate’s personal cellphone number.

  81. Anonymous
    October 12, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Bass and Sundburg’s owners belong to the same club.

  82. October 12, 2010 at 9:21 am

    As do Newman and Brady’s.

  83. PlainJane
    October 12, 2010 at 9:32 am

    HiFi’s logic is hilarious. A whore is a whore regardless of the amount she charges for sex. The same is true of a corrupt politician. Any money in exchange for favors is corrupt whether it’s $1,000 or $50,000. The idea that donors only give expecting favors is projection of his own value system. He is incapable of understanding that some people give because they want good governance, understanding that it benefits them personally as well as everyone else.

  84. Big Al
    October 12, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Weasels

  85. PlainJane
    October 12, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Is there some reason my comment is awaiting moderation? It didn’t even have any links.

  86. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    October 12, 2010 at 10:01 am

    If Whitman is so SMART, then she should not need to check her illegal imigrant employee for fact based data? Afterall, her sophistication made her realise that she could steal and graft 100’s of millions of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ from consumers, employees, employers, etc… while working for the largest financial frauds on the face of the planet. Ya, the work-force will only become more enslaved by Whitman and Brown.

    California will NEVER, and I mean NEVER, get on track until the stupidist voters in the country (other than New York) have brain hemorrhages and forget how to vote. Not voting is not really as bad as the collective of stupid voters who outnumber the non-voters – a negative mathematical accounting if you will. Non-Voters already have admitted the candidates are not worth voting for. Until a mechanism like redoing the elections if more than 25% of American adults are unregistered or don’t vote. Then, money won’t ruin the elections.

    JL

  87. the reasonable anonymous
    October 12, 2010 at 10:02 am

    It’s funny watching both sides try to accuse the other side’s candidate of being corrupted by large donations, while claiming that their preferred candidate isn’t influenced the same way.

    One thing we know: Whether it’s $1,000 or $50,000, the donor can be confident that they will get their phone calls returned promptly and will be able to talk personally with the office-holder whenever they want. In other words, at least in a small place like Humboldt, $1,000 is plenty enough to ante up for the Access Game, and a seat at that table puts people in a position to at least try to influence the candidate, through persuasion.

    But beyond that, if the donor is hoping to play a more direct game of Corrupt Influence, where the large donation is understood to ensure the officeholder will vote the way the donor wants them to, it will all depend on whether that particular candidate is willing to play that game for any amount of money.

    If the candidate happens to be that species of politician who IS willing to directly peddle influence, then 50 donations of $1,000 will mean 50 people who will have bought some corrupt influence, and one donation of $50,000 is going to mean one person will have bought a great deal of corrupt influence. Neither scenario is desirable.

    So it really comes back to each side assuming that their candidate would never directly exchange campaign donations for corrupt influence, while also being certain that the opposing candidate would do so in a heartbeat.

    Meanwhile, there’s no question that virtually all elected candidates do at least play the Access Game, and large donors — whether they give $1,000 or $50,000 — are assured a kind of access to officeholders that is not available to the general public.

  88. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    October 12, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Newman is an insurance minion – fraud!

    JL

  89. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    October 12, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Candidates that accept donations are not strong human candidates who can be trusted 100%. In fact, the voters don’t really care. This is why voters are willing to lose their job, their home, their spouse, their children, their vices, etc… Yep, the majority of voters get what they desire and deserve. Simple stuff really.

    JL

  90. PlainJane
    October 12, 2010 at 10:35 am

    On the other hand, Jeff, candidates who don’t accept donations don’t get elected because it takes money to run a campaign. Even with Whitman spending millions of her own money and accepting millions more in donations, many times greater than Brown’s total campaign chest, she is losing.

  91. Anonymous
    October 12, 2010 at 11:21 am

    “The majority of voters get what they deserve.” Nice, Henchman. Most people = bad. Most people = vote wrong. Most people are incorrect, disagree with you, etc etc. So you are one of the few correct people.

    People don’t vote to lose their home. They look at the options and think are are choosing the one that is best. I just don’t understand you at all. I think most people are basically good.

  92. Reinventing The Wheel
    October 12, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Local politics have always been dominated by industry, and now, the development community. They have only recently begun to lose a seat, but maintain the majority. (They’ve lost the supervisor majority for the first time).

    This explains why campaign costs have skyrocketed. Whatever “our team” spends will be doubled, if not more, by the status-quo. They’ve built our cities beyond infrastructure capacity, for the most profitable construction…BIG…followed by big public subsidies and national BAILOUTS.

  93. High Finance
    October 12, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Three of the biggest campaign contributors in Calif by far are the teacher’s unions and the prison guard union & the Trial Lawyer’s Association (another union).

  94. AnonymousX2
    October 12, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Anyone catch Meg Whitman in the debate tonight? She must have said she would put jobs as her first priority. But she talks just like Virginia, jobs jobs, but how do we do it. It is easy to say the words but as we can see all across the country, very hard to do. Will she model the state economy after Ebay? Just one big buy and sell public corporation, right? I want to hear these people tell us how they are going to do it.

    So Virginia, will short sea shipping be the great solution? How? Meg, are you going to spend your billions on stimulating the Calif. economy? Come on Ladies, lets cut the bull.

  95. Bonniebigbucks
    October 13, 2010 at 8:28 am

    AnonymousX2-Bonnie has run on that very same platform for 24 years! Oh, but that is all right. And there are thousands of less industrial “living wage” jobs than when she first took office!

  96. High Finance
    October 13, 2010 at 8:39 am

    If X2 wanted to be honest & informative, he would mention that all candidates say jobs are their first priority. Brown & Bonnie have been saying it for decades.

    In fact the funniest line (unintentional) was Bonnies in her campaign literature. She says to vote for her because she knows how to create jobs!

  97. Reinventing The Wheel
    October 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    The things that augment our quality of life are the same things that attract tourists, residents and capital investment…JOBS…Our library, the Jazz and Blues festivals, children’s health, brownfield cleanup, holding developers accountable…

    Win Win Win

    To be honest and informative about this nation’s largest campaign donors, you would have to include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the millions in donations from China to oust U.S. democratic candidates.

  98. High Finance
    October 13, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Gee, Reinventing, you have been played for a puppet again. If there was a single iota of evidence about any money from China, the media & the FBI would be all over it.

    That is nothing more than a rotten smear that Obama himself & one of his top advisors are participating in. Even Bob Schieffer of CBS Face The Nation (a long time liberal), could not believe that Blumenthal would have the nerve to repeat last Sunday.

    “Is that the best you’ve got?” is the direct quote.

  99. Anonymous
    October 18, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Arkleys are also supporting Carly Fiorina for governor, helping host a reception for her.

  100. Plain Jane
    October 18, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Gee HiFi, if they aren’t donating money from China why won’t they open their books to show where the money is coming from? Don’t you think the owners of the companies whose money is being spent on these outrageously false attack ads have a right to know where THEIR money is going? They ARE accepting foreign money and they ARE spending money on attack ads. It’s up to them to prove where the funds originated.

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