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Who pays into the Chambers PAC/lobby?

Original post made by Enlightened on Oct 26, 2010

Anyone want to know who the names of the Chamber of Commerce contributors to their Political Action committee? It is public information. Log on to this link and load the dates of 9/1/10 to today's date. You will see who wants to control our local government.

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Keep these companies in mind when you shop, use a realtor, a local attorney, engineering firm, restaurants, join a country club, etc.


Posted by Mike, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 26, 2010 at 12:03 pm

As you can clearly see... The Pleasanton Chamber PAC does not represent a "special interest" but rather the INTERESTS of people and small businesses throughout the City.

Contrary to what some would like you to believe, we do not have a "special interest conglomerate" influencing elections in Pleasanton. When you look at public records, you can see that money is being raised in small increments from people like you and me and small businesses alike.

Unfortunately, we have people in this town who would like to make Pleasanton out to be a microcosm of what happens in larger National and State elections. The reality is the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce is not affiliated with the US Chamber, it is it's own non-profit, and time and time again it sticks up for the shops, restaurants, and businesses that make Main Street what it is and make Pleasanton what it is.

Those who support the Pleasanton Chamber PAC support the local economy.

Hosterman, Cook-Kallio, Thorne.

Posted by Fran, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Oct 26, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Then why not just let these shop owners write checks directly to the candidates instead of the cloak of chamber politics? My dad belonged to a union and he did not like how his union tried to influence their elected officials with one large check to carrying more power than smaller local shop owners. Sorry, if you are backing Cook-Kallio, Hosterman and Thorne then I wills steer away from them at the polls. I want the local government to be supported by the PEOPLE not the big hammer of one large commerce group.

Posted by Laura, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm

That is like asking why a baseball player has to use a glove? Or why a Football Quarterback uses an offensive line?

They donate through a PAC because it falls within the rules and because it gives them the best chance to win. You might not like the rules but you too, are able to play by them.

Posted by Taxpayers PAY partisans, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 26, 2010 at 3:09 pm

The real assult on destroying fair elections is taking place as you read this. Also on today's PW Square, is one of hundreds of thousands of PUBLIC EMPLOYEE groups brainwashing our elderly & disabled. This afternoon one of the TAXPAYER PAID groups of independent home health-care aids is telling people how to and ASSIST in filling out ballots,or 'doing FOR them', and WHICH propositions to support & DEFEAT, and to tell them WHO to vote for Governor...who will pay them more for their work !! BIASED ? you bet they are ! Fair election, you bet they are NOT ! ! TAXPAYER PAID 'COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS'. Sends chills down my spine. It makes such a fraud out of our elections ! Whose watching the corruption as it takes place? These are all supported by GOV'T AGENCIES, funded with carry out partisan POLITICAL ACORN, etc. Oh, they also TEACH them how to "tell their stories to the MEDIA " and to LOBBY their issues. Gee, should we ALLOW that, let me restate the question,.....should we TAXPAYERS FUND this activity ??? The SEIU largest body of public workers, + teachers (& their political propaganda), fire, public health, etc. overwhelm and outnumber everybody else !

Posted by Been Told, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 26, 2010 at 3:20 pm

People in the know and with experience have reported knowledge that much of the PAC money collected by the chamber is funneled through businesses and individuals, many of whom do not live here. At least Ponderosa Homes admits to their large sum donated. Mostly when you read people have contributed $100.00 or more it is usually funneled. It was done this way even before the PAC was initiated. The only problem with donating to the PAC is that you don't always know to whom your money will be donated. The individual does not have a say. A bosrd decides for them.

Posted by Taxpayers PAY partisans, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm

So 'Enlightened', keep all these public agency groups in mind when you want clean elections and affordable government...So do I, but I can't seem to get them with the likes of who deverlops their LIST DIRECTLY and IMMediately FROM OUR WHITE HOUSE !!
I tried to participate writing to the White House on a non-partisan ISSUE, and within 24 hrs, I had thanks for joining and have received every other day ever since. politics from wiithin OUR WH ! I decided to not protest in a huff...better to just observe their activities ! ....couldn't be any BIGGER ELECTION CORRUPTION ! ! ..Other than fed gov't giving $$$ to fund "public group' ACORN, who then in turn, gave Obama $800,000.oo for his campaign, so he then inturn, in smaller groups, funded them again for more POLITICAL activity ! Nothing I could do to get that kind of ""VOICE"".

Posted by Arroyo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 26, 2010 at 10:54 pm

It's hard for me to believe that a citizen of Pleasanton would attempt to vilify their Chamber of Commerce - an organization comprised of many of our finest businesses. These are the same people who employ our young people, donate to school fundraisers, sponsor charitable events, and advertise in our newspapers.

I believe that a successful Chamber is an asset to a healthy community.

Posted by Business Friendly Neighbor, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 27, 2010 at 10:28 am

Let's be honest here. Businesses do most of the above so you will shop their store and or purchase their product or service. They do not donate out of the kindness of their hearts. Get real! They write it off on their TAXES. They want and need to stay in business. They want to make a profit. However, individual Citizens most Churches and Service Clubs donate out of the goodness of their hearts.

Posted by Jack on Main, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 27, 2010 at 2:43 pm


It is mistaken to say "The Pleasanton Chamber PAC represent the INTERESTS of people and small businesses throughout the City". You should have said "represents a small clique of business owners that control the Chamber". I have a small business in Pleasanton and a member of the Chamber, yet the Chamber does not represent me or my business when it comes to their political activity. The Chamber would much better serve the small businesses of Pleasanton if it quit trying to influence elections for the interests of the clique, and spent their time, efforts, and members dues to do what they are supposed to be doing, which is helping their membership promote and grow their businesses.

It would probably be helpful if the Pleasanton Chamber was affiliated with the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, but that likely will never happen because their respective politics are too far apart.

Posted by sknywench, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 29, 2010 at 11:16 am

sknywench is a registered user.

Local businesses contribute to a PAC because it does have the best chance to pool money and make an impact that benefits the wide range of economic vitality. Some businesses prefer to contribute to a PAC because customers have blurry lines about boycotting local business owners if they dont personally agree with their council choice or election issue. Its a sad day when people are so petty they threatened to stop shopping in Pleasanton over a local issue. Oh, and PAC contributions are just what the founding fathers considered when they made election voting a private and "secret" choice

Posted by Business Friendly Neighbor, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Jack On Main,
You are absolutely right on about the Chamber PAC only representing a small clique of businesses. They are a clique and if you read the names on all of their endorsements, they are continually the same people. Sometimes I think they feel forced to contribute or to lend their names, for fear they might lose support for their services/product. Been there and experienced the cliques. It is only when you step back, that one is able to see the full picture, gaining better insight into the game.

Posted by Say NO to PACs, a resident of Ironwood
on Nov 10, 2013 at 7:35 pm

I have a friend that runs a local business, all good. He used to contribute to the Chamber's Political Action Committee(PAC) fund at a party. He had NO say in where the money went, it was decided by a group of "good ole boys." He stopped paying up when he found out who they were supporting! They pick candidates that won't stand up for the average citizens, and bend over when the chamber calls.

The chamber and realtors say all growth is good. I think they are dead wrong. This group of politicians have approved thousands of apartments throughout our city. Now they are looking to approve up to 2200 more houses in the quarry land.

Say NO to this group of losers that were supported by both the realtors and chamber folks. All but one was put there by the Chamber, and when the Chamber calls - they jump- just you wait.

Posted by Taxpayers PAY partisans, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 10, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Yes, it is so wrong that a long list of tax-free 'non'-profits conduct political activity, i.e. helping elderly with bad eyesite to fill out Democrat ballots.
I see nothing wrong with a little chamber helping local candidates, when UNIONS, the number one biggest contributor to ALL races within the state of CA, for Mayors, and Council candidates thruout CA, no other groups come close. Half the SV tech companies are Dem, but unions own all CA DEM candidates, including incumbent legislators in CA.. The single largest 'political PAC' there is. Because of their use of force to make members pay, they have 100% 'participation' other group gets such total 'buy-in'. That's why Supreme Court allowed corps to get in on the game allow participation, except corps go in ALL directions. Unions (under various names) support all Dems

Posted by Say NO to PACs, a resident of Ironwood
on Nov 11, 2013 at 9:36 am

Perhaps in the SV Dems own the candidates, but in Pleasanton, the unions did vote a single local representative into office. Who did you ask? The banners, glossy fliers, annoying robo calls, all funded by whom? The Chamber PAC and associates.

We hear that they are "business friendly" but who is friendly to the regular residents of Pleasanton? The voting citizens?

Posted by Taxpayers PAY partisans, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2013 at 4:18 pm

I think Pleasanton residents are a very LUCKY group of people!!
WHAT is your whining about ? In any election, anywhere in 2013, unions are the BIGGEST contributors !!! NO other group even comes CLOSE !