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

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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.

WHO GOT THE WORK FOR THIS CAMPAIGN?

$30,130.25

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.

$36,228.74

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

$12,000.00

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.

$4,750.00

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

$3,349.38

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

$2,860.00

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

WHO GAVE THE MONEY FOR THIS CAMPAIGN?

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

$150,000.00

Members’ Voice of the State Building Trades

$100,000.00

California State Pipe Trades Council

$50,000.00

United Food and Commercial Workers Issue Education Fund

$35,000.00

California Professional Firefighters

$30,000.00

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 47

$30,000.00

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245

$25,000.00

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.)

$25,000.00

San Diego and Imperial Counties Central Labor Council

$25,000.00

Southern California Pipe Trades District Council #16

$25,000.00

Western States Council of Sheet Metal Workers

$15,000.00

California Conference Board Amalgamated Transit Union Issues PAC

$5,000.00

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569

$5,000.00

Painters and Allied Trades District Council #36

$2,500.00

Santa Clara & San Benito Counties Building & Construction Trades Council

$522,500.00

Total

WHICH RADIO STATIONS PLAYED THE ADS, AND HOW MUCH MONEY DID THEY GET?

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

Sacramento Media Market

$19,201.50

KFBK 1530 AM News/Talk

$16,298.75

KSEG 96.9 FM Classic Rock

$11,305.00

KNCI 105.1 FM Country

$11,275.25

KRXQ 98.5 FM Active Rock

$9,180.00

KYMX 96.1 FM Adult Contemporary

$7,191.00

KDND 107.9 FM Contemporary Hits

$6,574.75

KSTE 650 AM News/Talk

$6,324.00

KQJK 93.7 FM Adult Hits

$4,466.75

KHTK 1140 AM Sports

$3,995.00

KGBY 92.5 FM (then) Adult Contemporary

$1,224.00

KNTY101.9 FM Country

$714.00

KHLX 93.1 FM Classic Hits

$97,750.00

Total – Sacramento Media Market

 San Francisco/Northern California Media Market 

$14,400.00

KCBS 740 AM News

 Los Angeles Media Market 

$55,420.00

KFI 640 AM News/Talk

$31,005.00

KNX 1070 AM News

$17,255.00

KOST 103.5 FM Adult Contemporary

$16,022.50

KABC 790 AM News/Talk

$15,000.00

KRTH 101.1 FM Classic Hits

$12,941.25

KLOS 95.5 FM Rock

$8,670.00

KKGO 105.1 Country

$8,670.00

KSWD 100.3 Classic Rock

$5,890.00

KFWB 980 AM News/Talk

$170,873.75

Total – Los Angeles Media Market

 Riverside-San Bernardino (Inland Empire) Media Market 

$4,320.00

KFRG 95.1 FM Country

$3,761.25

KOLA 99.9 Classic Hits

$8081.25

Total – Inland Empire Media Market

 San Diego Media Market 

$18,929.50

KFMB 100.7 Adult Hits

$18,419.00

KOGO 600 AM News/Talk

$12,835.00

KYXY 96.5 FM Adult Contemporary

$9,996.00

KFMB 760 AM News/Talk

$6,613.00

KIFM 98.1 FM Smooth Adult Contemporary

$6,188.00

KSON 97.3 FM Country

$5,622.75

XEPRS 1090 AM Sports (Tijuana station)

$4,998.00

XHPRS 105.7 FM Oldies (Tijuana station)

$1,963.50

KPRI 102.1 FM Adult Album Alternative

$85,564.75

Total – San Diego Media Market

 Total Spent on California Radio Ads: $376,669.75

2 comments

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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.) [...]

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