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The Stars and Stripes Club

Original post made by Ralph N. Shirlet, another community, on Feb 3, 2010

Dear Dolores,

Would you please explain Web Link.

What is the Stars and Stripes Club and what are the club's current activities? Why would neighborhoods throughout Contra Costa County District III refer to it as "The Scars and Stripes Club?"

The rofl in Ralph N. shirlet

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Posted by CDSI Research
a resident of another community
on Feb 9, 2010 at 8:39 am

Dear Dolores,

Subscriber news service research editors have provided the following discovery related to The Stars and Stripes Club and other county elected officials’ office holder account fund raising activities. The information displays the legitimate concern of district III community and neighborhood groups for the exceptional influence of such contributors on the policies, projects, positions and actions of our district III supervisor and how such funds are used for political actions specific to supporters’ interests:

Under current county codes and state regulation, individuals, “small contributor committees,” and political parties can make political contributions to candidates for county office and county elected officials. Such contributions are subject to a variety of dollar amounts and other limitations. These contributions are made directly to the candidates, who are then responsible for reporting information to the county. There is no current public disclosure requirement that makes this information available for public review through the Internet. Upon the resignation or death of an elected official or the defeat of a candidate, there are a number of restrictions on the use of contribution funds. Most importantly, upon resignation or defeat, the contributed funds would become the property of the candidate or office holder.

Under state consideration for county and municipal code requirements, political contributions to office holders could only be made by (1) individual California residents eligible to vote and (2) political parties. The concern is the exceptional influence of corporations, unions, other councils and associations contributions or individual contributions made by their officers and members. The measure would require county or municipal election authorities to record information on all political contributions on the Internet and in public records.

In review of, The Stars and Stripes Club Memberships are solicited without website disclosure of member names and contributions:

Platinum/Corporate Membership - $1,000 per year

Gold Membership - $500 per year

Silver Membership - $250 per year

Individual Membership - $100 per year

This fund raising has been >$200,000 in recent years which makes newsworthy such uses of funds and how The Stars and Stripes Club influences political decisions in the regional corridor, Walnut Creek and south.


Dolores, this is a newsworthy story that deserves EMC staff discovery at Contra Costa County.

Hal Bailey
Member, CDSI Research Fellowship

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