Candidate Challenges Opponents To Join Fair Election Pledge
A candidate for San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees today signed a pledge for “fair, accurate and transparent,” elections and asked his four opponents to join and sign on to the national movement for free elections, Standing for Voters.
Richard David Boyle vowed in that pledge to advance the “preservation” of democracy, and to speak out in public during the election process about “fairness and accuracy” and will wait until all challenges are resolved until declaring victory or conceding defeat.
“On October 5 all candidates must declare where they got their campaign donations,” said Boyle, who has refused to accept any contributions from any Political Action Committees or anyone who would want personal or political favors after the election.
Boyle is the only candidate who won back for taxpayers thousands of dollars in election fraud fines from a candidate in the 2008 board election, John Futch, who was convicted by the state Fair Political Practices Commission for refusing to tell voters he was bankrolled by the San Manuel Indian gambling casino and tribe, chaired by James Ramos. Ramos, who is running against Boyle for a seat on the Board of Trustees, is now president, however Boyle seeks to replace him with another board member.
“Ramos’ casino and tribe has created a bogus organization,” said Boyle, “called People for a Better Government and has raised one million dollars, but has not said where that money really came from.” Boyle called the telephone number given to the California Secretary of State and it was a law office in Los Angeles, which refused to comment on the connection with Ramos. The records show the one million dollars raised came from the San Manuel Indian casino and tribe, and $10,000 from another tribe and about $700,000 has yet to be spent. The Federal DEA investigated the tribe and casino in 2007 for murder plots, laundering money and drug dealing for the Mexican Mafia. That year, according to state records, the tribe gave away $2.3 million in political contributions.
Boyle today spoke with Roman Porter, director of the FPPC, about new evidence he forwarded about another ally of Ramos, Vice President Carleton W. Lockwood, Jr., who swore under oath that he spent less than $1000, while three full color mailers were sent out in 2008 by teachers unions endorsing him. Porter told Boyle he would forward the new evidence to the enforcement division, which fined Futch $6000 for two serious violations of the Political Reform Act.
“Our state is facing fiscal failure and there is too much election fraud,” Boyle told Porter, “so we must ensure free and fair elections if our democracy, as designed by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, is to continue.”
StandingForVoters.org, has won several election fraud challenges, as has Boyle, whose website is www.teachersforachange.biz