Jan 182014

Here on the Right on Daily blog, we have uncovered a disturbing pattern that has repeated itself. Despite thinly veiled attempts to conceal Karen England or the CRI’s involvement in a series of campaigns – they have been exposed.

Equality California was disturbed enough by this apparent corruption that they filed an FPPC complaint.

For the first time – the Right on Daily Blog has obtained documentation that suggests the reason that the FPPC Complaint has never been dealt with. The CRI / Stop SB48 Campaign simply decided to stonewall.

Recently Obtained Documents from the California Secretary of State’s office are sketchy – and there is a reason why.

First – the amended 410 was filed on 7/20/2011 – then the committee was qualified on 7/25/2011, meaning that they deposited their first $1000. Note that Karen England’s name is on the paperwork. The Bank Account was opened at a Wells Fargo Branch on Douglas Blvd in Roseville, not far from her former residence in Roseville. ( She lives in Reno, Nevada now)

Then – equality California lit them up with an FPPC Complaint:

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The FPPC complaint charges that Capitol Resource Institute has been financially supporting the ballot initiative campaign. Karen England, executive director of CRI, said that is not the case. “Stop SB 48 leases office space from us,” she said. “They paid CRI up front for office rent and postage. And our employee was taken off the payroll and went on the the Stop SB 48 payroll right at the beginning of the campaign.” England said that she is even an unpaid volunteer for both CRI and the Stop SB 48 campaign.

(The above quote is from an article written that was subsequently pulled down – remind me to start screen-shotting these articles. There seems to be a pattern with anything related to Karen England getting pulled, however, I found another link with even more info that is linked twice in this posting)

Now – imagine for a second that I am the public face, mugging for the camera, making calls to solicit funds for AB1266 and the address for the campaign is in my insurance office. Now, I am trying to say that it and my insurance business are separate concerns and that my insurance business won’t profit off of the campaign?

Evidence suggests that Karen England has done this four times. SB777, Stop SB48, Ripping off $120k from Prop 8 and now the AB1266 campaign which I still believe was originally started as a scam fundraiser then because it got a life of its’ own was belatedly ripped in to legitimacy.

Karen England was pictured in many news articles and quoted many times about the AB1266 referendum, yet the campaign tried to maintain that Karen was simply a volunteer. Riiiiiiiiiiight.

Quoting a previous post on the Stop SB 48 Campaign:

According to volunteers that were present in the Stop SB48 headquarters – the effort was disorganized and there was no serious, coordinated or sustained effort to validate signatures that were being gathered. In addition – it appeared to the same source that the “staff” didn’t really seem to care about what was coming in the mail – and the error rate on the petitions was well over 50%.

Now we know why – the money raised disappeared. There is no accounting for it. The California Secretary of State’s Office did not Investigate. The STOP SB48 committee was forcibly terminated in late 2013 for failure to file.

According to the employees at the Secretary of State’s Office – they did not investigate because the campaign went nowhere. Now is the time for Equality California to SUE the CRI to force disclosure.

Listed on the paperwork of the Stop SB 48 Campaign? Treasurer John Fugatt and Karen England.

… and before you think there was no money, remember this quote from Karen England when Equality California filed their FPPC Complaint:

But England said the campaign has not done anything to violate the campaign laws. “We have gotten thousands of small donations from people all over the state,” England said. “We haven’t hit the $1,000 or $5,000 thresholds for reportable contributions.”

Well there you go – either Karen England Lied (which she is known for, see also her claim of an FBI investigation in to the Placer GOP Central Committee in 2010) or they raised some money and likely funneled it in to the CRI.

Since there has been no transparency, it is easy to assume that the reason is that there is something to hide.

Anyone who donates to any campaign that the CRI or Karen England are remotely a part of needs their head examined.

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