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Blogger’s Notes: The “Third House” is a term used to refer to the california swamp. This is the group of Lobbyists, Donors, Political Action Committees and the like that influence the isanity in the Capitol with money. In CAGOP parlance, I call them the “Oligarchy of Controlled Failure”. There is a cross-nexus as a lot of the same donors buying elections in California are also buying officer elections in the CAGOP. 

I am not sure why Kiley has endorsed Jessica Patterson – the ultimate “Third House” creation – for re-election. His email disavowoing further ties to the “Third House” and its’ money is spot on. Read it carefully as it sets the tone for a variety of prescient issues in California (and National) Politics.

Hi Aaron,

I ran for the Legislature to restore government of, by, and for the people. Today I am taking the most important step yet, one that I believe can change California politics.

Today I’m announcing that I’ll be the first 100 percent citizen-backed California Legislator. Specifically, I am declining all contributions from the “Third House.” That’s the term for the Special Interest lobbyists, with offices encircling the Capitol, that account for the vast majority of political funding in California.

The Third House is the Swamp on Steroids. While in Washington lobbyists may have huge influence, in California they literally run the Capitol. That’s why it’s called the Third House: they control the first two houses, the Assembly and Senate.

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And they certainly control the Governor. Gavin Newsom’s 2022 reelection account has over $19 million, with primary funding from unions, associations, and major corporations with registered lobbyists. Several of these benefactors were around the table at his French Laundry dinner.

The California Teachers Association, to take one example, spent millions electing Newsom, and he’s obediently toed their line on school closures.

It’s the same for Legislators. The Chair of the Appropriations Committee raised around $1 million this last election, and just about all of it came from Special Interests. Exactly 9 contributions came from actual people; not a single contribution was under $100. This is the author of AB 5, by the way – the most corrupt law in state history.

Every Legislator gets hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Third House. It’s easy money, and all other funding pales in comparison. But if you cross the biggest players, they’ll spend millions against you in your next election. So they always get their way at the Capitol. That’s how Sacramento works – and it’s why our state is crumbling.

But you and I are building a whole new model. In the last report, we had more grassroots citizen donors than all 62 Legislators in the Supermajority combined. This support from thousands of patriotic Californians is revolutionary. It’s the first true counterweight to the power of the Third House. It’s a shield against the onslaught that is coming our way for changing the rules of the game.

If we prove that this new model works, it can transform politics in California. It will show that as warped and corrupt as our Capitol has become, power still resides in the people.

At the links below, you can join our movement to build a new model of 100 percent citizen-backed Legislators. Thank you so much for your support.

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  2 Responses to “Assemblyman Kevin Kiley: I’m Done With PAC/Swamp Money. Pledges to Stop Taking “Third House” Swamp Money Going Forward”

  1. Intrepid Blogger, do you mean that Assembly Member Kiley will not take money from the super fundraiser, Jessica Patterson? She says she raised $36 million this year.

  2. Yes – that $36 Million was raised for her by special interests renting campaign space with the CAGOP…

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