May 052021

(Dan Harkey was civilly convicted for fraud in 2013 and lost an appeal in 2018)

We have been demolishing Diane Harkey’s carefully crafted image for herself. Something Mike Levin barely used but should have made a key issue of was Diane Harkey taking campaign cash from people who got hard money loans from Dan Harkey. When you read on, you will realize that all of these donor’s projects failed. Diane Harkey never returned the money, let alone has been able to comprehend the optics of what she did.

As a bonus, the post covered Bill Brough – the monster who was run out of the Assembly in 2020. Yes, he worked for Diane Harkey for a short period. Drama, scandal and controversy seem to follow Harkey.

Bill Brough, with the mystery beverage on his last day in the Assembly. Hopefully, soon there will be pictures of him in Prison – experiencing the best prison life has to offer

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In 2009 as the Point Center Financial Saga was detonating, Diane Harkey had problems beyond just people asking where the $2.1 Million she contributed to her own runs came from.

The L.A. Times lit her up good over a few peculiar campaign donations. Donations I think should have never been taken and then should have been returned. But, she’s a victim and it wasn’t her fault etc etc etc.

California Assemblywoman Diane Harkey accepted $16,600 in political contributions from real estate developers who had received loans from her husband’s business, now under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The borrowers later failed to repay loans brokered by her husband’s lending company, Point Center Financial Inc. of Aliso Viejo. The firm was accused of fraud last month in an investor lawsuit, and the company’s owner has confirmed that Point Center is under investigation by the SEC.

Harkey (R-Dana Point) said Monday that there was nothing improper with the developers’ contributions and that she had no idea they had loans pending with her husband’s company at the time they donated to her campaign.

Then why did Diane Harkey call them for donations? How would they have crossed her radar screen? Someone had to introduce her to these donors? But note, no offer to return the money or attempt to remedy the bad optics. Patterns, folks… patterns.

In the lawsuit filed last month, the investors contend that Point Center neglected to inform them about the risky nature of its loans and that Harkey, a defendant in the lawsuit, used proceeds from bad loans to donate nearly $1.1 million to her political campaigns.

Harkey said she used her own money — from a prior “six-figure” banking career — to donate to her campaigns for the state Senate and Assembly.

It came from my personal income. I don’t care what the lawsuit says. It’s frivolous. It’s full of lies. And it will all come out in court,” she said.

Wait, what? Just a few weeks later in the Orange County Register – this gem:

I’ve been married for 25 years to my husband,” said the Dana Point Republican. “We have personal income. He has income. I have income. Sometimes it was my income. Sometimes it was his income. Sometimes it’s both of our incomes. And I’ve saved him financially many years. So I’m not going to get into whose, yours, mine, ours. Who knows after 25 years?

It did come out in court, Diane Harkey had to sue her way out of community property (speaking of saving Dan Harkey), Dan Harkey lost a $12.5 Million Judgment and then lost on appeal in 2018. And, not a dime paid to any victims – more on all this in future posts. (BTW – suing your way out of community property is a spouse trying to separate themselves from liability in a lawsuit related to the other spouse.)

Harkey accepted $16,600 in campaign contributions from three developers who borrowed tens of millions of dollars from Point Center, according to campaign finance records.

Two of the loans ended in foreclosure and a third was modified because the developer was unable to meet the original terms.

C. Lynn Burnett, president of Burnett Development Corp., gave $5,000 to Harkey’s failed Senate campaign Dec. 31, 2005, records show. Two months later, Point Center Financial funded a $19.2-million loan to Burnett for a development project at the Palm Springs Country Club.

Burnett’s company defaulted on that loan, and Point Center investors ended up holding title to the property, which is now in such disrepair that the city of Palm Springs sued Point Center and the investors demanding immediate improvements. The property is worth a fraction of the amount Burnett owed when he defaulted. Burnett died in 2007.

Home builder R.W. Hertel & Sons Inc. gave Harkey $5,000 on Dec. 31, 2005, two months before closing on a $16-million real estate development loan with Point Center. Hertel defaulted on that loan and Point Center foreclosed on behalf of investors. Like the Palm Springs project, the Hertel property is worth only a fraction of the loan that investors funded, according to allegations in the lawsuit.

Note the timing of the donations. Were they done to grease the skids of business deals?

“At no time did Point Center Financial ever disclose that she was receiving money from borrowers at the time investors were putting up money for loans,” Charton said. “Had they disclosed it, investors might have said, ‘I’m not going to give you money to lend to somebody you have a special relationship with.’ ”

Charlton was one of the plantiffs that successfully sued Point Center Financial. The rub on Point Center Financial is they would go to ordinary people with an offer of a great real estate deal and get them to put up money that was used to write loans to developers. Such loans are called hard money loans and many of them detonated in the 2008-2010 Real Estate Market, Hard Money loans are extremely difficult instruments to begin with and have high failure rates. The appearance of large checks weeks before the contributors got high-risk unsecured loans they later defaulted on smells to high heaven.

Speaking of poor judgement, it is not just in taking tainted campaign funds. I learned through confidential interviews that Diane Harkey hired none other than the monster William “Bill” Brough.

Here’s the ballgame, Brough served as her Chief of Staff for a short time. His tenure was marred by several allegations (yet no verified complaints or victims forward) of sexual misconduct. Apparently, just a few years before backing in to the Assembly Brough took a test run at his animal house lifestyle in Sacramento.

It is clear to me that Harkey disdains Bill Brough and was helpful when many others in the OCGOP were still drinking the incumbent kool-aid and having group think about how to defend the status quo. However, Diane Harkey is alleged to have hired Bill Brough at the behest of his codenendent spouse. How many women did Brough hurt whilst infesting the Cheif of Staff office for Diane Harkey?

Did Harkey know about the incident in 2011 with Lisa Bartlett and Bill Brough? It happened in Dana Point when both were on the council she once served on? Then, why was Brough able to last as long as he did when I know for a fact (albeit heresay from people there) that Brough was already out of control and they were telling Diane Harkey what he was doing!

Harkey (R-Dana Point) said Monday that there was nothing improper with the developers’ contributions and that she had no idea they had loans pending with her husband’s company at the time they donated to her campaign.

#facepalm. I guess there was nothing improper with hiring Bill Brough either, so there’s that I guess.

May 032021

Had Diane Harkey never gone postal on Darrell Issa, I may have never looked in to her background

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I took the time to talk to people that like Diane Harkey. I needed to in order to balance the avalanche of media stories. As a conservative, I am used to seeing the media attack conservatives as a matter of course. I needed to get perspective which I got…

We’ve detailed quite a history up to this point, so let me summarize where we are at before I complete the story with information I am still surprised was not fully vetted.

Diane Harkey was elected to Dana Point City Council in 2004 and despite telling people she was not running for higher office went and did so promptly in 2006, losing an open primary to Tom Harman for State Senate.

Diane Harkey was also subject to a recall attempt in 2007 and was well known for tooling around town in a Bentley.

In 2008, Harkey ran for and won election to the Assembly.

In 2009, the personal financial detonation in the life of Dan and Diane Harkey began with a well-vetted and publicized lawsuit related to dishonest and possibly illegal business dealings.

in 2009, Diane Harkey was lambasted for taking donations from people with Business deals pending with her Husband.

While in the Assembly, her tenure was marred by the hiring of Bill Brough and an embarassing Wage Garnishment.

In 2013, Dan Harkey was found Civilly liable for $12.5 Million in damages related to the failed business. Diane Harkey has attempted to separate herself from it, despite being listed as an employee and otherwise being connected.

In 2013, Diane Harkey sued Mark Wyland for libel, losing an Anti-SLAPP judgement she was able to overturn on appeal. She dropped that suit once the Anti-SLAPP was vacated in 2015. Wyland ran against Harkey for Board of Equalization.

While at the Board of Equalization, the multiple scandals came to a head. Why she decided to engineer getting herself elected Chairman of that board is a subject of debate. Nepotism, corruption, abuse of funds/staff, dilapidated mold-riddled buildings and the like led to a historic shredding of the function and authority of the BOE while she was chair of that board. Worse, she defended the BOE in several media stories.

Yet, despite being surrounded with scandal and drama, Harkey has consistently protested her innocence and has attempted to portray herself as a victim.

Nowhere was this more evident than in her disastrous 2018 run for Congress. To this day, Harkey believes that it was all Darrell Issa’s fault for her defeat. The evidence shows otherwise. She also hitched her wagon to some unhinged attacks against Mr. Issa in 2020 that caused several political insiders pause.

I have also been struck by stories about Harkey’s personal conduct. It is like she is two people. One group of people talk about a kind, generous person. Another group of people talk about a mean, angry, entitled candidate that drank a lot. Two things I know based on my research, she has a temper and she has a difficult time accepting any responsibility for the things that have gone on around her.

In the course of my research, I have found copies of her Form 700’s from 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018 and the 2019 exit form. I also have a copy of her FEC candidate financial interest form as well. This caused me to double down on research from 2014. It would prove to be critical to finally once and for all exposing the truth about the finances of Dan and Diane Harkey.

One of the most striking items beyond the Bentley she once drove are the notations of a private jet. It appears to have been sold in 2014.

In 2009 – Harkey made the single most damming comment I have seen in dozens of news stories to the LA Times when they covered the SEC investigation in to Dan Harkey:

“I’ve been married for 25 years to my husband,” said the Dana Point Republican. “We have personal income. He has income. I have income. Sometimes it was my income. Sometimes it was his income. Sometimes it’s both of our incomes. And I’ve saved him financially many years. So I’m not going to get into whose, yours, mine, ours. Who knows after 25 years?”

Harkey said she’s been unfairly drawn into business litigation that has nothing to do with her work as a lawmaker.

So whose private Jet was it? Whose Bentley was it? Whose $2 Million plus in campaign cash was it? According to Diane Harkey – anything is possible, meaning that claims she financed her campaigns all or in part with dirty money from dubious enterprises and legally proven fraud is indeed confirmed true by her own words. Mark Wyland should have never lost the Anti-SLAPP decision in 2015. But if that is not enough for you, keep reading. Neither the DCCC nor Mark Wyland did enough homework.

IN 2013, Diane Harkey had to sue to get out of Community Property when her husband was in the process of losing a $12,500,000 judgement. In 2014, she claims in a letter she sent to State Controller John Chiang that she was legally separated and thus her Assembly Salary should not be garnished. She also indicates they were in the process of filing for divorce, this is another lie or at best a grotesquely deceptive statement. Remember the date of the letter 8-5-2014.

It is my opinion based on extensive research in to the business dealings and court records related to Dan and Diane Harkey that she lied twice in that letter. I’ve also received an indication from a political insider with connections close to Mrs. Harkey that confirm – Diane Harkey never filed a legal separation. Re-read the letter she wrote to John Chiang and read her comments in the media in 2014 and later. They are so clear that even the most hardened of Harkey supporters can understand them – she made it clear she and Dan were legally separated multiple times.

The deception over the Harkey divorce is critical to understanding the unethical and dishonest behavior of both Harkeys.

Just months after Dan Harkey lost the lawsuit judgement, Diane Harkey created DHJP2, LLC. This was on 12-18-2013, and thanks to the 2015 financial disclosure it appeared on where it was not present on the 2013 disclosure causing me to believe it was started in 2014, I looked for it. It was probably a part of the missing form 700 I could not find on line.

What is the significance of DHJP2, LLC and the two lies to John Chiang? When we continue our expose in to Diane Harkey, we are going to finish the work that none of Harkey’s opponents ever did.

May 022021

Why hasn’t Spitzer nailed this psycho to the wall? Liens, Judgements and a trail of abused women – that’s Gene James. He is also good buddies with Diane Harkey too.

Hi Gene.

How many of you remember the lies Gene James told? Yes, there are so many of them, let me focus… his stolen valor. Jim Bieber is suing Gene James over that caper and Mr. Bieber did mail predicated on that lie.

Now – Gene James has the same lawfirm I believe was responsible for husbanding the nearly $2 Million finally disclosed to have been paid to Harvey Englander to smear anyone affiliated with the toll road now hot on the trail trying to make the municipal insurance carrier foot the bills for Gene James legal defense.

Read agenda item 8A for The 5-4-2021 San Clemente City Council Meeting here. To think, Gene James and two other nimrods on that council voted to censure Laura Ferguson for asking questions. I hope Ferguson makes a mess of this agenda item on Tuesday.

The city is already in to this thing for $25K and James wants $100K authorized.

If Gene James was not a malignant narcissist liar, con artist, cheater, abuser, in debt up to his eyeballs disaster he would not have legal problems. The dude has lost 4 judgements in his lifetime. How many normal people have even been in court 4 times? The dude has more liens than a prostetic surgery ward at a military hospital.

So – it looks like the San Clemente City Attorney is helping to fleece the taxpayers of San Clemente in to defending the crazed and disturbed Gene James – who can’t afford to defend himself as he still has active liens (that likely include garnishments).

Gene James, ladies and gentlemen blowing exhaust from his truck in to the tents of homeless people. This sort of bullying and abuse is his standard problem solving, but it appears that Jim Bieber’s lawsuit attempting to hold him accountable for being a filthy liar has him running to the city attorney for his binkey.

Learn more about Gene James below:

Another offshoot of the investigation in to William “Bill” Brough was our expose’ on Gene James. We learned that he has had a lifetime pattern of abusing women, abusing the homeless in San Clemente, 11 Liens, 4 Judgements and a Foreclosure. James’ record of legal issues dates back to 1992 according to what we know and may well extend prior. In addition there is/was an investigation in to blatant “stolen valor” campaigning either by James or people supporting him. What made me the angriest was hearing from the women he abused and seeing what he was doing to the homeless people in San Clemente.

Two of the biggest pieces of garbage in Orange County Political History flank a complete failure of a State Senator whose ego is so out of control she refused to acknowledge the evidence against either of these monsters.

Click here for court documents, dates and case numbers detailing Gene James 11 Liens, 4 Judgements, Wage Garnishment and a Foreclosure. <<< and the OCGOP endorsed this guy!

Click here to view a video of two homeless victims of Gene James and others blowing exhaust in to their shelter. They clearly describe the pattern of abuse and harassment by Gene James.

Click here to see Gene James in the middle of a celebration where residents of San Clemente are flipping off, waiving goodbye and otherwise mocking the homeless people that were being moved.

Click here to see yet another video of Gene James harassing homeless people, this is six minutes long and is undeniable.

If you visit the Right on Daily facebook page – there are several videos featuring Gene James. What a terrible look for the OCGOP. The abusive behavior alone would be a black eye, but the lifetime pattern of judgments and liens is even worse. See even more in an expose from one of Gene’s Exes that is backed up with proof and evidence.

Let’s take a look at Gene James’ financial maladies. Remember Diane Harkey has liens, judgments, lawsuits and the like. Perhaps this is an affinity between the two of them?

Here are the public records on Gene James:

Retired from the Army in 1992 –

May have had as many as 10 jobs between 1992 and 2001

2001 – 2016 – Jack in the Box – Loss Prevention

JUDGEMENT #1: 1992 – Tax Lien Hardin County Court  – Case# 92-15828 – judgment against James for unknown $ amt

Gene W. James, 5745 Allison Ave., #B, Fort Knox, CA 40121


JUDGEMENT #2: Civil Judgment – Cuyahoga County, 1200 Ontario St., Cleveland, OH 44113

Plaintiff AVI (James past employer)

CV03515820 Filed 12/1/2003 against Gene James, 2705 W. Canyon Ave., #112, San Diego, CA 92123 in the amount of $45,600

JUDGEMENT #3: Civil Judgment – Cuyahoga County, 1200 Ontario St., Cleveland, OH 44113

Filed 4/20/2004 – Judgment against Gene James, 2705 W. Canyon Ave., #112, San Diego, CA 92123 in the amount of $5,240.00


TAX LIEN #1 CA State Lien – San Diego County, 1600 PCH., San Diego, CA 92101

Filed 08/27/2007 – Court Case# 2007-0566939

Judgment against Gene James, 3360 Daley Center Dr., #1014, San Diego, CA 92123 in the amount of $24,624.40


JUDGEMENT #4: Judgment recorded as paid – San Diego #2009-0155167

Plaintiff Jacqueline James (2nd ex-wife) – judgment against Gene James in the amount of $12,000

Balance of $6000 collected by income withholding filed Oct 7, 2009


TAX LIEN #2: CA State Tax Lien – San Diego County, 1600 PCH., San Diego, CA 92101

Court Case# 2009-0627967    Total lien/judgment $34,499 dated 10/30/2009

Gene W. James, 6051 Dunant St., #310, San Diego, CA 92122


TAX LIEN #3: Ohio State Tax Lien – Trumbull County, 160 High Street NW, Warren, Ohio 44481

Filed 2/19/2010 – Court Case # 2010-JL215226

Judgment/lien against Gene James, 211 Pawnee Ct., Girard, OH 44420 in the amount of $34,347

FORECLOSURE: Foreclosure on residence in 2011 – Gene James, 211 Pawnee Ct., Girard, OH 44420



Total Federal Liens in the amount of $299,759 for non-payment of taxes from 2002 – 2009

Good Lord San Clemente. And Diane Harkey is doing events with this guy, too.