My original analogy was “Walk softly and carry a big stick”. What an understatement.
I also said Lewis Pacific Partners has quietly become a major player in politics. Yet, another understatement.
Because in actuality, Lewis Pacific Partners has been a major player all along. Throwing cash around like candy in a kindergarten playground.
The focus? Political subdivisions targeted for the groups current and future projects.
A more in-depth review of major donor and political action committee reports reveals Lewis Pacific Partners and Affiliated Entities funded an astounding total of $3,124,162.12 in contributions reported on-line between 01/01/2000 and 06/30/2009. The contributions were directed to candidates, ballot measures, and political action committees. There is undoubtedly more contributions disclosed in manually paper filed reports.
What is most interesting is a total of 37 political action committees (PAC’s) that received contributions from Lewis Pacific Partners and Affiliates were identified. Nearly all of the PAC’s appear to be Inland Empire based.
Major donor listings were found for Mr. Richard Lewis, Mr. Randall Lewis, Ms. Rebecca Lewis, and Mr. David Lewis. On-line reports were only available for Mr. David Lewis, who reported personal contributions for the same period of $181,451. Please note that major donors are only required to file electronically, when the $50,000 annual threshold is reached.
Political Action Committee’s (PAC’S) receiving contributions for the period are as follows.
Natomas Kids First
Valley Neighbors to Save Our Water*
Taxpayers for Good Government
Residents for Safe Rialto*
Rancho Cordova PAC
Leaders for a Better California
Colton Citizens for Truth
Perris Residents for Responsible Government
Placer County Taxpayers for Responsible Government
Citizens and Business Coalition for Loma Linda
Ontario Leadership Alliance
Latino Leadership PAC
Taxpayers for Responsible Growth
High Desert Young Republicans
Rialto Taxpayers Association
Taxpayers and Working Families
West Valley Young Republicans
Diamond Bar Home and Business Owners Action Committee
Palmdale on the Move
Citizens for a Safe and Sound Fairfield
Citizens for a Safe California
Citizens for a Healthier Community
Political Action Committee of Spring Valley Lake
Citizens Action Committee
San Bernardino County Taxpayers for Traffic Relief
Solano County Taxpayers for Traffic Relief
Fountain Valley Business Roundtable
Inland Valley Citizens for a Better Government
Inland Empire’s Citizens Committee
San Bernardino County Taxpayers Coalition
East Valley taxpayers Coalition
Sycamore Hills Residents for Lower Taxes
Inland Empire PAC
* Lysa Ray of Santa Ana, California – Treasurer
It will be interesting to analyze the money flows for each of the above committee’s.
Coming soon: Follow the PAC’s………..