Even though he initially tried to avoid answering questions about it, gift disclosure reports clearly indicate that Assemblyman Don Wagner, the establishment candidate for State Senate, received altogether almost $10,000 in travel “gifts” and expenses, in a three year period, courtesy of the labor Unions/Special Interests.
These Union/Special Interest paid junkets were to a lavish oceanfront resort in Maui and were advertised as conferences. Just as recently as last November, Wagner attended a “conference,” which appears to have been partly paid for by the state’s largest public Union, the Prison Guard Union, also known as the Correctional Officers’ Union. Read below!
Since Wagner expected to walk right into this State Senate seat without any real opposition, he likely never thought he would have to answer for these trips, or for his cozy relationship with lobbyists and labor unions.
However, since public employee Unions and the role they play in causing our pension crisis have become a major issue in this race, Wagner now must defend these trips, as well as defending the over $200,000 the Unions have spent so far on his behalf in this race.
There really is no getting around these major red flags staring us right in the face! This is the kind of corruption that causes so much distrust, disgust, and cynicism with our politics and toward our politicians today!
Don Wagner represents the very worst kind of politician! The kind of politician who will blatantly lie to your face and tell you that he’s a fiscal conservative, while at the same time, traveling around with lobbyists and being bought-off by Unions at expensive resorts in Maui!
On March 17th, let’s reject this culture of corruption and deny the Unions/Lobbyists another opportunity to corrupt one of our Representatives! Let’s reject business as usual in Sacramento! John Moorlach for State Senate! Read the piece below from John Hrab of CalNewsroom.
(From John Moorlach’s campaign update on March 3rd 2015)
Gifts have to be reported by elected officials. And the reports have just now been made public.
Don Wagner has reported that he has now attended his third annual union-sponsored junket at the “luxurious Fairmont Kea Lani” resort in Maui.
I wonder if Wagner went to Hawaii last year to plan out the so-called independent attacks that are now raining down in the district.
CalNewsroom.com provides the news in the piece below.
Senate Special 37: Asm. Don Wagner does it again! 3rd year at infamous Maui junket
By John Hrabe
For the third consecutive year, Asm. Don Wagner has attended the infamous Maui junket, hosted by special interest groups — including the state’s powerful labor unions.
According to recently released state gift disclosure reports, Wagner accepted $2,921.19 in unspecified travel gifts to attend last November’s annual Maui bash hosted by the Independent Voter Project. The brainchild of former lawmakers turned lobbyists Steve Peace and Jeff Marston, the Independent Voter Project’s annual Maui bash provides the Capitol’s biggest special interest groups with a legal method of circumventing the state’s gift limits.
The event’s organizers have said in the past that part of the bill for the luxurious Fairmont Kea Lani, “Hawaii’s only all-suite and villa luxury oceanfront resort,” is paid for by the state’s largest and most powerful labor union, “the correctional officers labor union CCPOA.”
But, just because Wagner has attended the lavish Maui conference for three consecutive years hasn’t stopped him from campaigning against Sacramento’s “lavish lifestyle.” In an ad for his campaign for the 37th State Senate special election, Wagner attacks Sacramento politicians for that very thing.
“Sacramento doesn’t exist to allow politicians some lavish lifestyle,” Wagner, the prohibitive favorite for Orange County’s hypocrite of the year, says in an ad posted on YouTube. “I’m running to solve problems and to bring common sense back to the golden state.”
In 2013, Wagner initially refused to answer questions about his attendance at the Maui junket. However, state gift reports disclosed in March 2014 confirmed that Wagner accepted $3,011.65 to attend the 2013 Maui junket.
In 2012, Wagner accepted $2,179.79 in accommodation, meals, and beverages from the Independent Voter Project, according to his annual financial disclosure form. That made Wagner the odd man out of the Orange County legislative delegation in 2012 – as the only Orange County legislator, Republican or Democrat, at the union-sponsored conference, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Wagner’s frequent attendance at the Maui confab puts him at odds with his hometown newspaper, which opined that the trip shows “how out of touch with ordinary Californians Sacramento has become.”
Wagner is running against former OC Supervisor John Moorlach for the March 17th special election for State Senate to succeed now Congresswoman Mimi Walters.
By: Kelly R. Hubbard