State Sen. Jim Beall trounced Nora Campos in last week’s election, but the San Jose assemblywoman still has five more months to
live off donors raise funds for her campaign thanks to the state’s jungle primary system, where the top two vote-getters automatically advance. That means Fly has five more months to inspect Nora’s skeleton closet, which is just so crowded! For example, take the “Business of the Year” award she recently gave to Voler Strategic Advisers, the fledgling company that employs her baby brother, ex-San Jose Councilman Xavier Campos. As if that wasn’t shameless enough, one of Nora’s mailers notes that her campaign actually shares the same address as Voler. In an abbreviated call Tuesday, Voler CEO Perla Rodriguez admitted that Nora rents space from her office but couldn’t be sure how much the campaign pays in monthly rent, when it moved in and how big the office is. One thing Rodriguez did know is that Nora’s lease agreement had no requirement for the elected official to give Voler a biz-of-the-year award. “Absolutely not,” Rodriguez said, touting her company’s track record and “many professional accolades” while refusing to name any of her firm’s clients. Nora’s campaign records show that she has never paid or owed any money to Voler for the office space, which could be a violation of the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) rules. A FPPC spokesman said he couldn’t comment on specific campaigns, but free office space in most instances should be recorded as an in-kind contribution. Of course, not on Nora’s forms. So where is Nora’s money going? Maybe to her. At the end of last year she reportedly loaned her campaign $35,000, which is a lot of money to cough up on a campaign almost certain to end in defeat. Fly sure would love to see copies of those checks.
UPDATE: Voler CEO Perla Rodriguez hung up on a phone interview Tuesday afternoon after saying she preferred to answer questions via email. Fly sent a follow-up email and Rodriguez responded, saying that Nora Campos’ campaign only uses the office as a mailing address and does not take up any space. Yes, it’s strange that Rodriguez wouldn’t have known that a day prior. She also wrote that the Campos campaign pays $0 a month in rent and again refused to list any of the firm’s clients.