MOORLACH CAMPAIGN UPDATE — Fundraising — March 9, 2015

A big thanks to all who have contributed to my campaign. Raising $108,000 in some six weeks from individual donors has been a fun exercise. I’m proud to have friends who believe in me and what I stand for.

In me, you’ve got a candidate who is trying to run for the right reasons. I’m running to address the fiscal issues that are impacting our state and are being left to our children and grandchildren. Someone has to take the long-term view and not the win-at-any-cost just to be an elected official road that my main opponent has taken. It will be difficult to address matters, like the pension issue, while being beholden to public employee unions.

Their hit pieces make some amazing claims. Allow me to address just one of them. I have never changed my position in support of the death penalty. You won’t find it anywhere in print. But, I’m being accused of this whopper. Here’s what I wrote to someone who wanted the full story:

It was an academic question by my former law professor Chief of Staff, “Since the state is not executing individuals on death row, and it costs the County a quarter of a million dollars per trial to obtain a death sentence in murder trials, and we are in the Great Recession and laying off welfare fraud investigators in the District Attorney’s office, should we temporarily discontinue pursuing the death sentence to save the funds?”

I quickly told Tony Rackauckas that this was a debate between two lawyers and that I was supportive of pursuing the death penalty. So, the two would have an occasional debate. This banter spilled out into a staff meeting and Tony, instead of making an eloquent speech concerning the efficacy of his position, became quite irate and stormed out of the room.

To use this setting to claim that I oppose the death penalty is about as big of a stretch as one can make. And it is inappropriate for professionals like our D.A. and Michael Schroeder, a member of the D.A.’s informal political kitchen cabinet, to state this stretch in their robo-calls in support of my opponent.

The OC Register covers the topic of funds raised and the involvement of public safety employee unions in this race in the first piece below.

The San Clemente Times announces an upcoming event where I will be in attendance in the second piece below.

To close, allow me to thank all those who have contributed to my campaign. I am most grateful. This race has become bigger than just a match up between two experienced leaders. This is about trying to make an impact on the fiscal direction of the State of California. I don’t believe that can happen with someone beholden to government unions.

I bring a lengthy and deep track record of reforms at the County level. I can’t find anything in the record where my opponent has accomplished anything in the last four years in Sacramento.

Those willing to assist financially can go to, call Phyllis Schneider at 714-368-0260, or mail a check made out to Moorlach for Senate 2015, and mail it to 360 E. 1st Street, #736, Tustin, CA, 92780.

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State Senate hopeful Wagner holds huge lead in fundraising


Former Supervisor John ‍Moorlach continues to suffer from lackluster fundraising in his bid to win the special election for state Senate on March 17, with chief opponent and fellow Republican Don Wagner bringing in nearly four times as much as of the filings due Thursday.

‍Moorlach consultant Tim Clark acknowledged last month that the campaign would be outraised by Assemblyman Wagner. But he said that given ‍Moor‍‍lach‍’‍s superior name ID, $200,000 in fundraising would be enough to prevail.

As of Thursday’s filings covering fundraising through February, ‍Moor‍‍lach had raised just $108,000 to Wagner’s $371,000. ‍Moorlach had $8,000 more debt than cash on hand, while Wagner had $118,000 remaining in his treasury.

Additionally, Wagner is buoyed by $161,000 in independent expenditures – money spent by special interests on Wagner’s behalf, independent of his campaign. There has been no independent spending for ‍Moor‍‍lach.

Of the independent expenditures for Wagner, $99,000 came from two public safety employee unions – the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs and the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association.

Moorlach has long been a union foe thanks to his efforts to roll back pensions and to make offers public in county labor negotiations. Both endeavors have been opposed by unions.

The union efforts for Wagner are among the things ‍Moorlach cites in portraying Wagner as a union lackey. Wagner counters that he did not seek assistance from unions.

And the unions? Tom Dominguez, president of the deputy sheriffs union, acknowledged that ‍Moorlach has not been a friend of public safety unions, but was careful not to pitch Wagner as a union candidate in this heavily Republican district.

Instead, he said Wagner was the candidate stronger on the death penalty and had more skills to try to get Orange County its fair share of money from Sacramento.

In other filings, first-time Republican candidate Naz Namazi raised $11,000 and write-in Democrat Louise Stewardson didn’t report raising any money. The district reaches from Anaheim Hills to Newport Beach, and the vacancy was created when Mimi Walters was elected to Congress in November.

San Clemente Times

Republican Women Hosting Senate Candidate, Speaker

The San Clemente Area Republican Women Federated will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Talega Golf Club, 900 Avenida Talega, San Clemente. This month’s featured speaker and California Federated Republican Women PR/Marketing Chair, Trish Lester. Lester is an award winning Public Relations/Marketing specialist with more than three decades of experience. She is a veteran of the International Association of Business Communicators who was named “Communicator of the Year” in 1999 by the Los Angeles Chapter. As a professional singer/song writer, Trish promises to entertain us and make us laugh.

John Moorlach, State Senate District 37 hopeful, past Orange County Treasurer, and eight year Orange County Board of Supervisors member, is also scheduled to attend. RSVP is required. For reservations please visit scarwf.

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