Over at the California Progress Report, Frank has been doing some great snooping at Steve Poizner’s records. It seems Poizner, the GOP Candidate for Insurance Commissioner against our dear Cruz, claims that he’s insurance money free. Turns out, that’s not the case so much:
Republican candidate for state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner has been making his pledge to not accept any campaign contributions from the insurance industry a centerpiece of his campaign. This is highlighted on his campaign website. In an “exclusive column penned by Steve Poizner” in the conservative FlashReport, he champions himself as a “Real Reformer.”
Because I’m not taking a dime of insurance company money, I won’t be taken in by any schemes that typically drive up insurance costs in California. …
Because I refuse to accept that money, I’m no one’s lap dog – my office will be home to the highest ethical standards, not the highest campaign bidder. I won’t merely be an industry watchdog, I intend to be a pit bull when it comes to pursuing fraud and abuse.
…[T]he biggest problem he has is that a campaign committee he controls has already received hundreds of thousands of insurance company contributions, some direct and some through other committees that they have contributed heavily to. CPR 9/22/06
I won’t bore you with all the gory details of the fiscal transactions. Frank explains those plenty well, and I’ll let you click on over toe California Progress Report for the full story. But, here’s a quick example:
On November 2, 2005, two insurance contributions totaling $75,000 is [sic] deposited in the Chamber’s PAC and the very next day $75,000 is given to Poizner’s committee.
What does this remind you of? Tom Delay’s TRMPAC scam? That’s the case Delay is still under indictment for laundering corporate donations into Texas campaigns illegaly. So, it’s not that Poizner isn’t taking insurance company money, it’s that he’s just doing it on the down-low. And we all know that taking money on the down-low isn’t good for anybody…except the participants. At least Cruz acknowledges his campaign contributions. So, sure, perhaps the “Steve Poizner for I.C. Campaign” hasn’t taken any money directly from insurance companies, but they’ve received laundered money from them.
This little game of Pick-a-shell is a big disservice to the voters and the State of California. So, Steve, let’s quit the charade, your money doesn’t buy you piety. Cut it out with the sanctimony and play the game with the same rules as everybody else.