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

Progress Victorville*

Residents for Safe Rialto*

Rancho Cordova PAC

Leaders for a Better California

Colton Citizens for Truth

Neighborhood United

Generation Next

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………..