Once again, the ugly head of gambling is raised in San Jose politics. It has been seen before. In the eighties, in the wake of destroyed families, ruined lives, and rising crime rates, a number of people were indicted and sent to jail. Grand jury investigations were the staple of the daily news. On every level it was a tragedy. A decade ago, the “win at any cost” leaders of the Democratic Party laundered money from the Bay 101 card club into a number of local races. Two years later, the State Fair Political Practices Commission found them guilty of a number of infractions, including late reporting. In other words, the leaders of the local Democratic Party did not want the voters to know who was funding these campaigns. Secrecy was their tactic and it worked then. They never seem to learn and they have seldom been called to task for these illegal and unethical actions. Now, it is happening again—big time!
Recently, the local Democrats have accepted $55,000 from the Indian gaming interests that have so corrupted state politics. The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and the California Nations Indian Gaming Association have given the money. At the same time, the local Democratic Committee has spent over $128,000 for the Cindy Chavez campaign. It makes a farce and sham of our local restrictions on fundraising limits. Gambling money has been forbidden in San Jose elections for years, but this thinly veiled laundering is a pure insult and a threat to the well-being of our city.
The questions that must be asked are:
Who solicited this money?
What promises were asked or given?
The local Democratic leaders should answer—now.
The citizens of San Jose have the right to know—in this most scandal ridden of times in the history of San Jose—just who is buying what. The Democratic Party, in its mad quest to gain an election win, is in danger of losing its soul.