More on why Joe Nation’s friends are bad news:
The Mark Leno campaign has done an analysis of the independent expenditure campaigns supporting Nation, and there are some truly nasty bad guys in there. Many of them (for example, our old friends PG&E) gave campoaign cash directly to Nation, then gave more money through the IEs.
Check out the list, taken from a Leno press release:
Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) $342,544
A group of big oil, insurance, banking, chemical, pharmaceutical companies as well as companies involved in the subprime mortgage meltdown. They were co-sponsors of Proposition 64, which was opposed by consumer and environmental advocates and weakened the general public’s ability to pursue lawsuits over unfair business practices and environmental violations. CJAC works to limit their member’s liability when lawsuits are brought against them from consumers, patients, workers or environmental advocates.
* Joe Nation took $1,000 from Pacific Gas & Electric Co., CJAC member
* Joe Nation took $3,600 from California Apartment Association, CJAC member
* Joe Nation took $1,000 from the CA Hospital Association, CJAC member
* Joe Nation took $3,600 from MEDPAC of the CA Association of Physician Groups, sponsored by the CA Association of Physicians Organizations Los Angeles, CJAC member
* Joe Nation took $3,200 from the San Francisco Apartment Association, California Apartment Association is a CJAC member
* Joe Nation took $7,200 from the California Real Estate Political Action Committee, CJAC member
Cooperative of American Physicians $100,000
A group that provides liability insurance for it’s member physicians and advocates to maintain the liability caps up-held in the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA), which capped their liability in malpractice lawsuits at 1975 levels.
* Joe Nation took $3,600 from Cooperative of American Physicians
Californians Allied for Patient Protection (CAPP) $50,000
A group of corporate hospitals, doctors, insurance companies and others in the medical industry whose priority is to maintain the liability caps up-held in the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA), which capped their liability in malpractice lawsuits at 1975 levels.
* Joe Nation took $3,600 from Californians Allied for Patient Protection
* Joe Nation took $3,600 from MICRA California PAC of NorCal Mutual Insurance Company, member of CAPP
Californians for Jobs and a Strong Economy $3,277
A group of insurance companies, financial-services firms, developers, card clubs and biotechnology companies
I still think it’s a two-person race now, with Carole Migden far behind. And I think the best way to stop Nation is to vote for Leno. But whoever you support, don’t vote for Nation.