Assembly District 54 elections are here, and one of the candidates was caught in a whopper of a lie when late campaign filings detailed their taking money from law enforcement after they pledged not to do so.
Candidate Dallas Fowler signed a pledge to not take campaign donations from law enforcement, then a late campaign filing report detailed she received a $4,900 contribution from Sheriff Alex Villanueva. When called out on the contribution, instead of taking responsibility, she deflected and pivoted to blaming her opponent, Isaac Bryan, of not only taking campaign dollars from law enforcement, but also made a scurrilous claim that Bryan took money from “money launderers”.
Simultaneously, an aptly titled article appeared on LA Progressive, also questioning the money flowing into Bryan’s campaign.
If Mr Bryan is society’s prodigal son, then who is conferring the proverbial inheritance? It is Los Angeles’ power-elite. They have anointed his candidacy, and bestowed, along with their blessing, sufficient money to backfill the void of Bryan’s limited political history with mountains of glossy mailers and a tsunami of communications via public airwaves. A political neophyte with neither experience nor a functional vision for crafting legislation, his fallback is a great series of endorsements that mostly just reflect the might of his economic base: the establishment itself.
The article deep dives into his campaign finance statements, made up of a Who’s Who of Hollywood’s elite, retirees, and the unemployed, to politicians attached to #TeamRidley-Thomas who were beseeched in their own scandals of allegations of pay-to-play which mirror the campaign of former LAUSD school board candidate Alex Johnson.
Johnson, like Bryan, came out of nowhere, but had the backing of mostly the same donors as Bryan. At the urging of then Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas (MRT), and at a crucial time of doling out Local Control Funding dollars, inner city students were left without representation so he could pump nearly $1 million into Johnson’s campaign to beat the more qualified George McKenna.
Voters saw through the glossy pamphlets, and Johnson’s lack of qualifications and gave him a resounding defeat.
Progressives aren’t “palls” with law enforcement and definitely are anti-establishment, and sadly both Dallas Fowler and Isaac Bryan aren’t the “progressives” they claim to be if they are taking money from the same interests they are seeking to defeat if elected to Sacramento.
When you #FollowTheMoney all roads lead back to MRT.
We’ve seen MRT push another manufactured candidate in the city of Compton, Aja Brown. Ask the residents how that’s working out for them.