Charts from the Investigative Report on the Summer 2011 Radio Ad Campaign by Union Front Group “Citizens Against Identity Theft”

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Investigative Report: Unions Spent $522,500 in Summer 2011 Radio Campaign to Discourage Californians from Exercising Their Right to Petition the Government


The May 16, 2012 FlashReport on California’s Most Significant Political News featured my article detailing the extensive union radio advertising campaign in the summer of 2011 to scare California voters into declining to sign petitions to place measures on the ballot. This campaign was meant to derail efforts to gather signatures on petitions to place Fair and Open Competition measures on the ballot in San Diego and Sacramento, as well as a pension reform measure in San Diego and a paycheck protection initiative for all of California.

These union radio advertisements failed to stop what is now on the June 2012 ballot in the City of San Diego as Proposition A (Fair and Open Competition + Contracts Online) and Proposition B (Pension Reform). It also failed to stop what is now on the November 2012 statewide ballot as Paycheck Protection.

I scrutinized the raw data from the campaign financial reports and sorted it systematically into user-friendly charts and reports. Because the charts are in a somewhat difficult format to read on the FlashReport web site, below I have posted three charts from the article: a list of professional firms that received work for this campaign, a list of donors, and a list of the 33 radio stations and the amount spent by the unions on each station.



Sadler Strategic Media in Los Angeles collected $406,830.00 for radio airtime and production costs. It paid a total of $376,699.75 to 33 radio stations, leaving it with $30,130.25 – an 8% fee.


Olson Hagel & Fishburn LLP in Sacramento collected $36,228.74 for legal work and accounting.


California Majority Group, LLC (a campaign consulting firm in Sacramento) collected $12,000.00 and subcontracted with Acosta Salazar, LLC (a campaign consulting firm in Sacramento) for $8,000.00.


California Professional Firefighters Ballot Issues Committee donated $4,750.00 for video services.


McClatchy Insurance Agency, Inc. in Sacramento collected $3,349.38 for office space.


American Web Services, Inc. in Sacramento collected $2,860.00 for a web site.


Here are the donors of the $522,500 total given to the “Californians Against Identity Theft and Ballot Fraud, supported by labor organizations.”


Members’ Voice of the State Building Trades


California State Pipe Trades Council


United Food and Commercial Workers Issue Education Fund


California Professional Firefighters


International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 47


International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245


National City Park Apartments No. 1 (I didn’t make this one up: it is a “low to moderate income apartment community” owned by the San Diego County Building Trades Family Housing Corporation: see here.)


San Diego and Imperial Counties Central Labor Council


Southern California Pipe Trades District Council #16


Western States Council of Sheet Metal Workers


California Conference Board Amalgamated Transit Union Issues PAC


International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569


Painters and Allied Trades District Council #36


Santa Clara & San Benito Counties Building & Construction Trades Council




Californians Against Identity Theft and Ballot Fraud reported payments to 33 radio stations:

Sacramento Media Market


KFBK 1530 AM News/Talk


KSEG 96.9 FM Classic Rock


KNCI 105.1 FM Country


KRXQ 98.5 FM Active Rock


KYMX 96.1 FM Adult Contemporary


KDND 107.9 FM Contemporary Hits


KSTE 650 AM News/Talk


KQJK 93.7 FM Adult Hits


KHTK 1140 AM Sports


KGBY 92.5 FM (then) Adult Contemporary


KNTY101.9 FM Country


KHLX 93.1 FM Classic Hits


Total – Sacramento Media Market

 San Francisco/Northern California Media Market 


KCBS 740 AM News

 Los Angeles Media Market 


KFI 640 AM News/Talk


KNX 1070 AM News


KOST 103.5 FM Adult Contemporary


KABC 790 AM News/Talk


KRTH 101.1 FM Classic Hits


KLOS 95.5 FM Rock


KKGO 105.1 Country


KSWD 100.3 Classic Rock


KFWB 980 AM News/Talk


Total – Los Angeles Media Market

 Riverside-San Bernardino (Inland Empire) Media Market 


KFRG 95.1 FM Country


KOLA 99.9 Classic Hits


Total – Inland Empire Media Market

 San Diego Media Market 


KFMB 100.7 Adult Hits


KOGO 600 AM News/Talk


KYXY 96.5 FM Adult Contemporary


KFMB 760 AM News/Talk


KIFM 98.1 FM Smooth Adult Contemporary


KSON 97.3 FM Country


XEPRS 1090 AM Sports (Tijuana station)


XHPRS 105.7 FM Oldies (Tijuana station)


KPRI 102.1 FM Adult Album Alternative


Total – San Diego Media Market

 Total Spent on California Radio Ads: $376,669.75


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  2. […] The State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and the United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council are an essential part of the “CEQA Works” coalition organized by the California League of Conservation Voters to oppose CEQA reform. I predict these unions will be the major funding source for broadcast advertising from CEQA Works to undermine reform proposals. (Expect advertising to run soon on these radio stations.) […]