- Detroit-based BarWest - $200,000
- San Manuel Indian Tribe - $2,500
In Barstow recently, there has been much ado about a $2,500 contribution from the San Manuel Indian Tribe to Larry Halstead’s city council campaign in 2006.
It’s merely a BarWest/Dale smokescreen to divert attention away from the more than $200,000 spent by BarWest and directed by Mayor Lawrence Dale on Barstow political campaigns in 2006. And that does not include the more than $100,000 in court costs BarWest was ordered to pay when it tried to stop the re-call campaign of Paul Luellig and block voters from voting on the future of casinos in Barstow.
If you want to know why Mayor Lawrence Dale and his allies on the Barstow City Council won’t back any casinos other than those controlled by BarWest, take a look at the following political payments and campaign contributions made by the BarWest controlled political committee Barstow Citizens for Real Economic Development (BCRED). More than 93% of the approximately $200,000 spent by BCRED in 2006 was paid by BarWest principals, agents and their undisclosed partners (Las Vegas). And this doesn’t even include any gifts, business deals or contributions directly to the campaign committees of any of these officials.
- Councilman Steve Curran
- $3,883.50 efforts to support Curran for Council
- $3,883.50 efforts opposing Gurule for Council
- Councilman Tim Silva
- $2705.97 Printing, Newspaper Ad
- Councilwoman Julie-Hackbarth McIntyre
- $874.31 Newspaper Ad (total cost of ad $2,622.93)
- Former Councilwoman Gloria Darling
- $2002.17 Desert Signs
- Planning Commissioner Mike Lewis
- $1,699.93 Printing Solutions
- $794.55 Quigley’s Restaurant
- Lint/Krommenhoek Families (Sean Lint, Stacey Krommenhoek, etc.)
- Desert Dispatch
BarWest even had to pay the members of the Los Coyotes Indian Tribe to come to Barstow as “volunteers” for their political campaign. And yet, these same individuals criticize Larry Halstead for taking $2,500 from the San Manuel tribe toward his campaign for city council.
- Chapparosa Family (Los Coyotes)
- Kupsch Family (Los Coyotes)
And all the above represent the “known” payments to these elected officials, individuals and their companies that were required to be disclosed because they were funneled through the political committee BCRED. They don’t have to disclose anything paid to them directly from BarWest or its agents or their friends in Las Vegas who want to control the future of any Barstow casino.
In addition, there have been thousands in luxury jet travel, nights out on the town in Las Vegas, five course meals at the Four Seasons Hotel, tickets to sporting events, and lucrative land sales to family members that aren’t reported in the political campaign disclosures of these Barstow officials.