For a newcomer to the Silicon Valley epic of two sports empires -- Santa Clara's terrific youth soccer park and the adjacent 49ers' Levi's Stadium -- the plot of the latest chapter, "Super Bowl 50," may be a little hard to follow. Unlike that other epic unfolding in theaters everywhere, there is no pure evil to keep this one simple.
Watch our press conference video to understand how we believe the San Francisco 49ers are secretly laundering money to influence the local 2016 Santa Clara Political Election.Sign up
Watch our press conference video to understand how we believe the San Francisco 49ers are secretly laundering money to influence the local 2016 Santa Clara Political Election.
Blupacus.org is a 501c4 Political Action Committee set-up by Douglas Chan in 2015. Their website endorses Patricia Mahan, John McLemore, Ahmad Rafah, Dr. Mohammed Nadeem, Police Chief Mike Sellers and Rod Diridron Jr. (removed last week). Blupac is trying to discredit Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor, City Council Members Debi Davis & Kathy Watanabe, and city council candidate Tino Silva. They are attacking Mayor Gillmor for leading an independent financial audit into Measure J even through she is not even running for re-election.
Blupacus.org gave $49,265 to Citizens for Economic Council (another 501c4 Political Action Committee) and CforEC filed papers to advertise direct mail for Santa Clara City Council candidates Patrica Mahan, John McLemore, Ahmad Rafah and Dr. Mohammed Nadeem. These independent expenditures will be used to mail fliers to Santa Clara residents trying to convince Santa Clara residents to vote for them. By using the two PACs the money can be hidden and used indirectly to support these 49er candidates and would allow Mahan, McLemore, Rafah and Nadeem to claim they never received money from special interest groups.
Rich Robinson (49ers political consultant) is partners with Douglas Chan, and they list many clients including the 49ers, John McLemore and Rod Diridron Jr.
We are asking Jed York to come clean and stop the money laundering scheme.
Relates In the Press
- Santa Clara: Attorney behind PAC accused of funneling “dark money” won’t disclose donors - October 3, 2016, San Jose Mercury News
- WATCHDOG GROUP CLAIMS 49ERS TRYING TO INFLUENCE LOCAL ELECTION - October 4, 2016, ABC TV
- Is Dark Money Targeting Santa Clara Officials? - October 4, 2016, San Francisco Chronicle
- Questions Arise on ‘Dark Money’ Influence in South Bay Politics - October 5, 2016, San Jose Insider
- 49ers Accused of Laundering Money into Santa Clara Politics - October 7, 2016, MSNBC
- A Secret Meeting to Get Rid of Santa Clara Mayor? - April 21, 2016, San Jose Mercury News
- Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews Announces Resignation - February 8, 2016, San Jose Insider
- Civil Grand Jury Investigates Stadium Authority for Levi’s Stadium, Site of Super Bowl 50 - February 3, 2016, San Jose insider
A smear campaign started by a pro-49er organization trying to discredit Mayor Lisa Gillmor , Kathleen Watanabe, Tino Silva and Debi Davis. All have fought to protect the rights of Santa Clara residents. Blupacus.org or Citizens for Economic Council or some PAC bought the Santa Clara voter file and now using your address, email, home phone and cell phone number to spam you and try and convince you to vote for Patricia Mahan, John McLemore, Ahmad Rafah and Dr. Mohammed Nadeem. They are using: rob calls, fake political phone survey, text messages, Google ads and direct mail. Please tell your family and neighbors about this smear campaign.Sign up
Elections are always important to local communities, but nothing can be more critical to Santa Clara than a majority of City Council seats up for grabs. Seeing your current council members and prospective council members answer questions regarding future development, affordable housing, open space, urban agriculture and transparency in government can help you make an informed decision.
This is a non-partisan forum and open to all candidates.
Come join the Old Quad Residence Association partnered with the Sierra Club, Stand Up for Santa Clara, Win6Village and other neighborhood groups for an evening of questions and answers.
Wednesday, August 31st, 6:30pm-8pm
Location: Senior Center located at 1303 Fremont Street, Santa Clara, 95050
We plan to video tape and publish the forum on YouTube after the event.
On November 8, Santa Clara voters will determine who runs City Hall. In a Mercury News story, one City Council candidate, Patty Mahan, thinks the city needs to do more for the team.
“Mahan said the city hasn't always been fair to the Niners”
We want to know if you agree.
The 49ers want to unilaterally reduce their rent and they don’t want to comply with the city’s noise ordinance protecting neighborhoods. How should the city deal with team on these issues and others?
Please take a moment to answer the survey below.
Stand Up for Santa Clara will be tracking candidates to determine who is being recruited and financed by the 49ers either directly or indirectly through independent expenditures. Please share our information on Twitter and Facebook so we can shine a light on this election.Take the survey
Stand Up for Santa Clara is a watchdog organization fighting for an Open, Honest and Transparent Government in the city of Santa Clara. We are a grassroots organization staffed by dedicated volunteers working to educate and engage the citizens of Santa Clara.
Stand Up for Santa Clara was started in March 2015, when the San Francisco 49ers and the former mayor of Santa Clara Jamie Matthews, and Santa Clara City Council Members Dominic Caserta, Pat Kolstad, and Jerry Marsalli took action to sell the Santa Clara Youth Soccer Park to the NFL Team.
- Fight for and protect an open, honest and transparent government in Santa Clara.
- Protect democracy in Santa Clara and activate citizens in our community to engage with civic leaders to influence policy decision for our community.
- Serve as a watchdog organization to protect our community.
- Partner with other advocacy groups that share our mission.
Watch our press conference video to understand how we believe the San Francisco 49ers were secretly laundering money to Influence the 2016 Santa Clara Political Races.
- Prevented the sale of the Santa Clara Youth Soccer Park (city park) to the San Francisco 49ers
- Advocated for Santa Clara County Measure R (no City owned land used for park or recreational purposes, including the Ulistac Natural Area and the Santa Clara Soccer Park, shall be sold or disposed of by the City without being authorized by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote and that development upon such property shall be subject to referendum).
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We're thankful for everyone's support and happy to report that the Santa Clara Youth Soccer Park is back in operation. The NFL is making due on their promise to repair the Soccer Park, and while we wait for replacement soccer dugouts to get installed, we give the NFL credit for repairing the damages from Super Bowl 50.Read more
Tonight at 7pm, the Santa Clara City Council will appoint its next Mayor to replace Jamie Mathews who resigned last Monday. We applaud the council for coming together quickly for the good of our city. Santa Clara's next mayor will be appointed tonight, with Lisa Gillmor as the frontrunner.Read more
Dear Mr. York and the San Francisco 49ers,
I am sure that you experienced panic on Monday with the announcement of Mayor Matthews' resignation. I am sure that you are scrambling to find a candidate to replace your ally and keep the board majority in your favor. I would like to give you some unsolicited advice.
STOP. WALK AWAY.
The best thing that you can do for your organization and its relationship with the residents of Santa Clara is to stop participating in our politics. Don’t send your financially dependent supporters to give speeches at our school board meetings. Don’t give money to candidates. Don’t recruit anyone to run for mayor. Don’t have secret strategy meetings. Don’t lobby our council members or school supervisor members.
STOP. WALK AWAY.
It will take courage and respect for others (who actually live in Santa Clara) to allow local politics to stay local, but it’s probably the ONLY way that you can reverse your current karma situation (5-11) and repair your relationship with the residents of Santa Clara, soccer players, girl scouts and others.
STOP. WALK AWAY.
This is probably hard to hear since your money has allowed you to buy many things in the past. But, Santa Clara is no longer for sale. We are going to take our city back…one 49er politician at a time!
STOP. WALK AWAY.
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