Jackson's campaign had originally told the LA Times that 'the event was a Cinco de Mayo party, not a fundraiser, and that the campaign had no record of having raised money there.'
However, the email May 2, 2012 invitation from Victorino Noval tells Noval's guests that 'I am a big supporter of who I believe will be LA's new District Attorney Alan Jackson. Most of my friends and family have donated the max ($1500) towards his Campaign. Please Come meet him and help him out financially!'
|Convicted felon Victorino Noval's email invitation was obtained by the Lacey campaign|
and distributed together with a press release accusing Jackson of being 'caught in a lie.'
In a sit-down interview with Los Cerritos Community Newspaper, Lacey said 'she has proof that Jackson received $115,000 in financial assistance from Victor (a.k.a. Victorino) Noval and his immediate family members.'
The Jackson campaign have strenuously denied having any knowledge of Noval's criminal history, something that Lacey's campaign consultant, Parke Skelton, said could easily have been discovered by a Google search. However, as to Jackson's denial that the event was a fundraiser, Skelton told the LCCN that when Jackson was 'confronted by the Times with these facts, the Alan Jackson campaign lied.'
In response, Jackson's campaign strategist, John Thomas, told the LCCN that 'The Alan Jackson campaign is not going to dignify this attack with a response.' Of the invitation 'It states clearly in the second sentence that this was an ‘annual Cinco DeMayo Celebration Event. This was not a fundraising event. The Lacey campaign is just angry that we are on the television with our message.' Thomas said.
Notwithstanding the denials the LA Times reported that Jackson's campaign 'is returning the money to Noval.' However, it is not clear whether Jackson will also return contributions he received from Noval's 100 plus guests. With Jackson's campaign fully committed to media buys for their tv ad campaign, it is unlikely that all the money raised by Noval could be returned, a token refund of just Victorino Noval's $1,500 contribution is more likely.
As embarrassing as the felon fundraiser scandal must be for the Jackson campaign, it is also likely infuriating to failed DA candidate Carmen Trutanich. As Skelton points out in his initial response to the LA Times article 'Jackson, who edged Carmen Trutanich out of the November runoff by a 1.5% margin, simply would not have been in the runoff without the massive infusion of funds from the Novals.' It is, perhaps, bitter-sweet news for Trutanich. Had he done the research into Jackson's fundraising and 'blown the whistle' before the primary election, he might not be facing political oblivion. Every cloud has a silver lining.
Trutanich blunders likely to cost 50 jobs at City Attorney's office
The Los Angeles Daily News reports that among the 200 job cuts called for by Los Angeles City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana, the City Attorney's office will suffer the largest cut with the jobs of 50 deputy city attorney under threat. Trutanich is likely seen as incapable of defending against the cuts; not only is he politically weakened by his devastating loss in the District Attorney race, but the likelihood is he will be blamed for failing to run the office efficiently because of the amount of time and city resources that he devoted to his ill-conceived political campaigns.
William Carter, chief deputy to City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, called the cuts a 'shortsighted attack' on the public health and safety of the city's residents. 'When you cut criminal prosecutors, including those who prosecute sexual assaults, DUIs, environmental crimes and code enforcement violations, you impact public safety.' Carter said.
Trutanich, however, could equally be accused of being 'shortsighted' considering he had cut gang prosecutions and injunctions by 31% in favor of going after billboard companies and trying to foist a 'stealth grand jury' Administrative Citation Enforcement program ('A.C.E.') on the city. Over 20 lawyers were believed to have been tasked with the ACE program. Despite many re-writes of the ACE program, it failed to receive the approval of the City Council. Many doubted that Trutanich could be trusted with enhanced powers, and believed he was simply trying 'back-door' his failed Grand Jury plan and gain more power.
Trutanich also wasted a similar amount of resources with his spectacular failure to draft a workable ordinance to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. According to Trutanich, over 20 lawyers had been 'working on' bringing dispensaries under control, but the evidence of his failure is plain to see; more and more dispensaries have appeared and continue to appear on LA's streets under Trutanich's administration.
Jackson tv ad campaign criticized for 'money shredding'
This from the Los Angeles Metropolitan News-Enterprise 'Snippets' section:
Fred Huebscher, a political consultant who sells space to candidates on slate mailers—with Lacey being one of his advertisers—derides the campaign approach of Jackson, who is relying on television advertising.
He has provided this analysis to the MetNews:
“After reading your newspaper’s article about the District Attorney campaign and Alan Jackson’s TV ad, I have come to the conclusion that Mr. Jackson’s campaign is one of the more inept campaigns in California history. First of all, the ad which attacks Jackson’s opponent, Jackie Lacey, for being dishonest does not explain how she was dishonest. Moreover, one does not really understand from the ad that Jackson is a candidate for District Attorney. But most importantly, Lacey’s consultant, Parke Skelton, had it right when he said that Jackson’s TV ad buy is really just shredding money. In fact, Jackson would have been better off refunding the money spent on the ad to his contributors or giving the money to charity."
“It’s lucky that Jackson’s consultant, John Thomas, the mastermind of the Jackson campaign, isn’t working for Joseph Stalin because Stalin would have sent Mr. Thomas to the gulag or an even worse fate. Hopefully after Mr. Jackson’s defeat on November 6, Jackson will realize how futile his campaign was.”