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Political Watch 2/8/18

• President Donald Trump honored U.S. Forest Service firefighter David Dahlberg from Santa Maria at the State of the Union address on Jan. 30 for his part in rescuing campers from Circle V Ranch Camp during the Whittier Fire near Cachuma Lake last year. “David faced down walls of flame to rescue almost 60 children trapped at a California summer camp threatened by wildfires,” Trump said.

• After President Donald Trump approved the release of Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R-Tulare) memo alleging misconduct in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) regarding the procurement of FISA warrants to surveil then-candidate Trump’s foreign policy advisor, Carter Page, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) issued a statement, saying she was “stunned and dismayed” by the release of the memo. “One thing becomes immediately clear after reading the Nunes memo: It’s so poorly sourced and so clearly biased that it’s difficult to come up with any rational reason for its release.” Feinstein said. “The manner in which this memo was put together and released should cause everyone to question what is being presented as fact. It’s the height of hypocrisy to release a classified memo in the name of transparency while at the same time blocking Democrats from releasing their contrary views.” Feinstein also chastised the Trump administration and the House Intelligence Committee Republicans for denying the FBI and U.S. Justice Department the opportunity to brief the committee’s members on the classified information that underpins the “selective and misleading memo.” “The Nunes memo is clearly intended to impugn the Steele dossier—of which no significant fact has been disproved—and to discredit the FBI, thereby creating an atmosphere in which the president can replace large numbers of individuals in law enforcement and the intelligence community and replace them with his own people.” Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California) appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Feb. 5, and when asked if the Nunes memo represented an attempt by the Trump administration to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or Special Counsel Robert Mueller, she said, “Based on the private conversations I’ve had with my colleagues on both sides of the aisles, I do believe this would be a red line. It has to be.”

• Republican candidate for the 24th Congressional District Justin Fareed announced the fourth quarter fundraising report for his campaign on Feb. 1, reporting that he raised $373,718 in 2017 and had $298,660 on hand at the end of the year. In a release, Fareed’s campaign said that 60 percent of the funds came from within the district, and he chastised Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) for his fundraising numbers. Carbajal reported just more than $1.5 million for the entire year of 2017, including $1 million in itemized individual contributions. Fareed criticized Carbajal for taking donations from “lobbyists and dark money groups,” including some from oil lobbyists. “Mr. Cabajal represents politics that Americans have grown tired of. His contributions reported reflect a candidate beholden to special interests and dark money, not a servant leader endorsed by the voices of the Central Coast,” Fareed said in the release. Fareed received donations from local residents and campaigns, including $500 from Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham’s (R-Templeton) campaign in September of 2017, and maximum contributions Los Olivos business owner Larry Saarloos and from his father Donald Fareed. He also received maximum donations from multiple residents in Los Angeles and from out of state, $1,000 from the Republican PAC, ICE PAC. Carbajal reported contributions from PACs, including United for a Strong America, Democrats Reshaping America, and the Wells Fargo and Company Employee PAC. Carbajal also received individual donations from local business owners, businesses, and organizations. Famous political donors made contributions to Carbajal as well, including Susan Bridges, wife of actor Jeff Bridges, both of whom live in Los Angeles and Montecito; and Jonathan Soros, son of George Soros, the Hungarian-American investor and business magnate known for donating to Democratic candidates and liberal causes.

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