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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Jackson campaign did not know convicted felon hosted his May 5 event

While voters enjoy a break from national politics in anticipation of Tuesday night's final Presidential debate, the race for Los Angeles District Attorney made the headlines with the LA Times exclusive report that a convicted felon hosted an event for DA candidate Alan Jackson.

Photos on Noval's FaceBook page featured the convicted felon with Jackson

The Jackson campaign was quick to assert that the May 5 event, hosted at Victornino Noval's $6M Beverly Hills mansion, was not a fundraiser, however, the LA Times reported that Noval and his family had donated $15,000 to the Jackson campaign. The Times also reported that Noval's son had made a $100,000 donation to the Californian Republican Party in advance of an apparently coincidental $80,000 mailer sent in support of Jackson.

According to the LA Times, 'Victornino Noval 'pleaded guilty to mail fraud and tax evasion in connection with a multimillion-dollar mortgage scheme that made headlines in the late 1990s and was sentenced to federal prison in 2003. He later changed his name from Victor Jesus to Victorino.'

In his defense, Jackson told the LA Times that he 'and his campaign said they did not know about Noval's criminal history and that it is all but impossible to do criminal background checks on every donor. After inquiries from The Times, Jackson's campaign said this week that it is returning the money to Noval. '

The Lacey campaign wasted no time issuing a response to the LA Times article. The response was reproduced in full at Randy Economy's blog, where the John Noguez scandal was first reported. Parke Skelton, Lacey's campaign consultant, criticized Jackson for not checking into Noval's background and provided a series of links to articles regarding Noval's criminal past. 'Five minutes of searching Google send up enough red flags about Victor Noval to make it look like May Day in Pyongyang,'  Skelton told the LA Times. 'We know that dubious characters want to contribute to a D.A.'s campaign, we have made it our job to vet them and weed them out.' he said.

Jackson's political strategist, John Thomas, said that Noval's contributions would not have won him any favors from Jackson. 'Because a donor decides to support a candidate doesn't mean the candidate is endorsing the donor or the donor's life conduct,' he said. 'Somebody who contributes to Alan Jackson's campaign for district attorney will not receive any kind of special treatment.'

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15 comments:

Anonymous said...

After your pathetic rant about AJ's tv ad, nobody bothers to read this blog anymore and now that you have repeated the slanderous and libelous accusations against the Noval family, you better pack your bags and go back to England where you and the rest of you Limeys belong. Carmen Trutanich fired you once and would have fired you again if he had the chance. AJ will win and be your boss and the first thing he will do is finish what Carmen started. And don't expect the ADDA to help you either, unless it's to carpool to Lancaster with them.

Anonymous said...

Hey Joe, you were right about the Daily News - they just endorsed AJ for DA. The LA Times story just got bumped down to blogland. AJ for DA - and don't worry, he won't send you to Lancaster. You can go to Long Beach to have fish lunch with Nuch.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it interesting that the Jackson supporters on this blog respond to bad news about their candidate with threats.

Anonymous said...

I had a lot of respect for Jackson, but his attack on Lacey was not fair and he knew it. Attacking Jackie over the Steve Ipsen lawsuit, which she was dismissed from, was a dirty trick, and now that Jackson has been caught dipping his hands into a felons pocket, he deserves to go down hard in the election. If he really didn't know who Noval was, then a simple Google search would have told him. Very sloppy and very damaging. What goes around ...

Anonymous said...

Yeah, and AJ is gonna modernize the DA office and he can't even use google? Get the F outta here!

Anonymous said...

11:27, You are so right. That's why Jackson would not even comment on his ad when the Met News asked him about it, saying he wanted the ad to stand on it's own merits. What kind of a jerk won't stand behind his own negative advertising?

Anonymous said...

In Jackson's ad he says Lacey is a nice person who was dishonest. Now he goes to a nice felon fundraiser. What exactly does Jackson stand for? He has blown any chance of being DA, he's just not credible. He should do the honorable thing and withdraw from the election and resign from the office.

Anonymous said...

The LA Times is guilty of slander. They are trying to slur Alan Jackson over a simple mistake that anyone could make and they are mis-reporting the facts. 1) This was not a fundraiser but a Cinquo de Mayo party, the donations that Jackson got came AFTER the party. 2) There was no way for Jackson to check into Victorino Noval's background because he changed his name from Victor Jesus Noval to Victorino Noval 3) Even if Jackson knew of Noval's criminal history, that was long ago and he deserves to be given a second chance. 4) The crime Noval committed was a paper crime, there were no victims, there was no violence. 5) Jackson already agreed to return Noval's money when the LA Times called him, so there really is no news worthy story here, just a cheap campaign trick to help Jackie Lacey who the LA Times endorsed. Jackson did nothing wrong, except run a better campaign than Lacey. AJ for DA!

Anonymous said...

10-21 @ 9:07am, this has been the defining moment.

It's fantasy to think that Alan had direct knowledge of this guy's background. The fact that this guy was trying to give him money is also no offense on Alan's part. But the fact that no one googled such a large fundraiser shows bad planning on the part of his campaign. And, especially, the failure of Alan to publicly reprimand anyone involved with this mess is just piss poor leadership on his part.

But the really REALLY big thing is the reaction of Alan's supporters. You learn alot about someone's character by how they treat their critics. I stopped supporting the union when I saw how they treated their critics. Alan's supporters are revealing a side of him that I haven't seen before. I'm glad I got to see it before I made the mistake of voting for him.

Anonymous said...

Gotta love the way Jackson threw his felon facebook friend under the bus accusing him of lying about the event being a fundraiser. Jackson, you are just making the whole thing worse than it already is. If you cannot take responsibility for your own mistakes, you are not fit to be DA. Where does the buck stop in the Jackson camp? Anywhere but at the top it seems.

Anonymous said...

I feel sorry for Mr Noval and his family who have been dragged into this embarrassing mess. Victorino's kids probably didn't know about what their dad did in the past, and he's trying to make a new life for himself and his kids by doing good things. It was bad that the LA Times publicly disgraced him, but when Jackson said Mr. V was lying about the event being a fundraiser for LA's next DA, what an insult that is.

Anonymous said...

OK let me get this straight...Mr. Felon maxes out in his personal donation to the Jackson campaign...shortly thereafter, Mr. Felon's SON contributes $100k to the Republican party...shortly after THAT, the Republican party does an $80k mailer for Jackson...which by my calculations would cost $80k plus about $20k for employee time, postage, etc...that's...$100k.

Guess who District Attorney Lacey's first investigation is gonna be? Mr. Felon and his son. And guess what they may very well do to save their asses? Implicate former DA candidate Alan Jackson. If he had knowledge of this scheme to funnel campaign contributions in violation of state and federal law, little Alan is going to the big house

Anonymous said...

Jackson never knew anything about Noval's past under a different name, or about the donation to the state party. It is common for state-wide political parties to use funds from a particular donor to support candidates in the same geographical district as that donor -- that is just common sense and something that both parties across the country do all the time. Jackson happened to be the one of the only Republican candidates running in LA in June.

10:36 pm, you are an idiot. You and the rest of the lying Lacey fanatics need to get a grip.

Anonymous said...

Noval owes over $25 mil in restitution to victims of his mortgage fraud. He DID NOT PAY his restitution order. That explains why he uses foundations as shell.
Why would Jackson return funds to Noval instead of turning it over to US Attorney's office?

Anonymous said...

This really goes to show how someone like Alan will do whatever it takes to become DA. It's clear that his campaign ( well we know it's him but he likes to hide behind the campaign so will go with it) was so interested in raising money that they forgot basic fact checking. It's just a prime example on how he is way in over his well styled hair and not ready to lead the DA's office. He may be a good trial attorney but that is a far cry from having the experience and knowledge to run the biggest prosecutorial office in the nation! I fully expect for Jackson to continue his attacks on Lacey because it is clear he has to go for broke. My suggestion to Jackson is that after he loses in November he pack it up and move back to Texas where I am sure he sees eye to eye with many more folks than he does here in Los Angeles County. Lastly, when he does maybe he can tell us where that fancy office that is depicted in his misleading ad is located, because from what I can tell it doesn't look like any county office I have ever seen before.