Category Archive: Elton Gallegly

Feb 13 2012

AD-38: Antelope Valley Press Picks Up On Buck McKeon Countrywide Financial Stall Game

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From the Antelope Valley Press today

The entire article is behind a registration wall, but I was sent a copy of the post. The key graphs are:
  • More than a week before news that Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon received a discounted Countrywide Financial Corp. mortgage loan became public, the federal lawmaker’s staff went on the attack, circulating an internal memo that instructed all to “hold off” going to the news media and make sure a former McKeon staffer and a potential challenger were investigated and included in the discussion when the story broke.
  • The memo goes on to direct staff members to conduct “mock media interviews” before meeting with reporters and to ensure that Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Simi Valley, who was also listed as receiving a discounted Countrywide loan, was “made part of the conversation.”
  • Lee Rogers, a 34-year-old Simi Valley Democrat running against McKeon in the 25th Congressional District, said it was clearly stated in the memo that McKeon wanted to bring down Gallegly with him. “At that point, he was considering the fact that Elton may be running against him for the primary in that seat,” he said.

This entire Countrywide financial scandal is now just gaining speed with the local Santa Clarita Press.

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Nov 04 2011

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Targets California GOP Representatives With Ad Campaign

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The radio ads will begin next week, but it does not look like a significant buy.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee today announced radio spots aimed at 25 House Republicans they hope to unseat next fall to reclaim the majority.

The ads mostly focus on ethics questions, and will air in the districts of these Members:

GOP Reps. Rick Crawford (Ark.), Dan Lungren (Calif.), Jeff Denham (Calif.), Elton Gallegly (Calif.), Mary Bono Mack (Calif.), Scott Tipton (Colo.), Daniel Webster (Fla.), Vern Buchanan (Fla.), David Rivera (Fla.), Steve King (Iowa), Timothy Johnson (Ill.), Bobby Schilling (Ill.), Larry Bucshon (Ind.), Roscoe Bartlett (Md.), Dan Benishek (Mich.), Charles Bass (N.H.), Joe Heck (Nev.), Ann Marie Buerkle (N.Y.), Lou Barletta (Pa.), Charlie Dent (Pa.), Kristi Noem (S.D.), Francisco “Quico” Canseco (Texas), Sean Duffy (Wis.), Reid Ribble (Wis.) and David McKinley (W.Va.).

A GOP source said the ad buy totaled just less than $9,000 for all 25 districts.

My Congressman, Elton Gallegly, is one of those targeted. I dare say this is just an opening salvo in the fight to deny re-election to long-time Congressman Gallegly. Other California Representatives who will be targeted include Dan Lungren, Jeff Denham and Mary Bono Mack.

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Oct 17 2011

California Law Limits E-Verify and Supports Illegal Immigrant Hiring Practices

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Not really a surprise.
To the applause of illegal immigration advocates and unscrupulous business owners, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law AB 1236, an act that prohibits California municipalities from requiring businesses within their jurisdiction to use E-Verify. Titled, the “Employment Acceleration Act of 2011,” the bill is sure to accelerate illegal hiring practices and make it more difficult for legal residents to acquire jobs. Before the bill was signed, over 15 municipalities in California required use of E-Verify for either city contractors or all businesses within city limits: Mission Viejo, Palmdale, San Clemente, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Lancaster, Temecula, Escondido, Menifee, Hemet, Wildomar, San Juan Capistrano, Hesperia, Norco, San Bernardino County, Rancho Santa Margarita, Yorba Linda, Simi Valley. Many more California cities use E-Verify for government employees; such use is not prohibited by the new state bill.

As written, AB 1236 prohibits: the state, or a city, county, city and county, or special district, from requiring an employer other than one of those government entities to use an electronic employment verification system except when required by federal law or as a condition of receiving federal funds.

The justifications written into the bill are a smorgasbord of rehashed nonsense spread by open-border groups – e.g. overinflated costs, overstated inaccuracy rates. The bill also cites California’s unemployment rate (currently over 12 percent) and explains that the state “must pursue all avenues in facilitating and incubating job development and economic growth.” How desperate is California if the legislature thinks the only way to reduce unemployment in the Golden State is to promote violations of federal law, perpetuate ID theft, and strain both natural and taxpayer-subsidized resources via increased illegal immigration? If California wanted to reduce unemployment and income inequality it would mandate E-Verify and eliminate other magnets for illegal immigration, thereby driving out the illegal population and forcing businesses to offer a better wage in order to attract millions of unemployed Californians. But putting legal residents to work, improving their wages, and reducing demand for social services apparently makes too much sense.

You know, my Congressman Elton Gallegly who has pushed E-Verify for years in the Congress must be especially frustrated. Hispanic, Democratic, Labor and Big Agriculture organizations all oppose E-Verify in California and nationally.

Why?

They all have vested interests in keeping the law the same, which means little if any immigration control.

Big business gets cheap labor and does not have to pay medical or other health benefits to its illegal employees, Labor gets more union dues and the Democrats eventually get more voters.

Go figure.

Besides, even when E-Verify passes the GOP majority House, Senator Harry Reid will never even consider calling the bill up for consideration in the Senate. Plus, it faces a certain veto by President Obama.

The status quo will remain the norm here in illegal immigration.

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Oct 13 2011

CA-30 Rep. Howard Berman Hauls in $819 K in Third Quarter Fundraising

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Rep. Howard Berman

Democratic Rep. Howard Berman is readying himself for a top-two election clash with Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman.
At least four Members of Congress donated money last quarter to Rep. Howard Berman (Calif.), who is running against fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman in a redrawn Los Angeles-area district.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.) were among his list of contributors, which also included big names in the entertainment industry.

Feinstein and Waxman had already announced they were backing Berman in his high-profile matchup with Sherman in the San Fernando Valley, where the two were both drawn into the 30th district. California Gov. Jerry Brown and LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have also publicly backed Berman.

Berman reported raising $819,000 in the third quarter, and he ended September with almost $2.3 million in cash on hand. Sherman has yet to file his third-quarter report with the Federal Election Commission. Reports are due Oct. 15.

Celebrities and Hollywood producers donating to Berman include: Tom Hanks, his wife, Rita Wilson, Rob Reiner, Stephen Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.

I continue to maintain, that Brad Sherman will move over to CA-26, if and when Rep. Elton Gallegly announces his retirement. If not, then he will have to choose Berman or the Republican Gallegly as his opponent.

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Sep 28 2011

Radio Ads Air Targeting Rep Elton Gallegly Over E-Verify

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It is all about opposing immigration legislation in the House which would require employers to use E-Verify to confirm that the person is legally permitted to work in the United States.

Radio ads that begin airing this week on Spanish-language stations blast Rep. Elton Gallegly and other Republicans for pushing legislation that would require employers to use an online verification program to check the immigration status of potential workers.

The ads, which are airing on stations in Santa Barbara, Sacramento and East San Gabriel Valley, specifically single out Gallegly of Simi Valley and Rep. Dan Lungren of Gold River and blast Republican lawmakers in general for pushing to make the E-Verify system mandatory.

“It is a bad bill for workers, it is bad for employers, and it is bad for the economy,” said Eliseo Medina, international secretary-treasurer for Service Employees International Union.

SEIU and America’s Voice Education Fund, which supports comprehensive immigration reform, are the two organizations behind the ad campaign. A similar ad will appear in La Opinion, the nation’s largest Spanish-language newspaper.

Immigration supporters and others argue that requiring employers to use E-Verify to check the backgrounds of potential workers would have a huge impact on Latinos in California and across the country.

E-Verify is a free online program run by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in conjunction with the Social Security Administration.

Employers can enter a potential worker’s name, date of birth and Social Security number into the system. Within seconds, the system will say whether the job applicant is in the country legally and eligible to work. Right now, the program is voluntary for businesses but mandatory for federal agencies and some federal contractors.

This persuasive campaign against Elton won’t affect him much since he has been a vociferous supporter of E-Verify for many years.

But, why would anyone oppose this legislation?

The status quo is broken and I suppose this suits big employers who use and exploit illegal immigrants and the big unions who take their union dues just fine.

In the meantime, American taxpayers pick up the tab for all of these folks who live among us.

The House should pass this legislation.

But, unfortunately, it will never be called up for a vote in the U.S. Senate. Democrat Senate Majority leader Harry Reid will NEVER call it up.

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