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Anonymous web site pans Canciamilla

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Monday, February 25th, 2008 at 11:19 am in 2008 June primary, campaign finance, Contra Costa politics.

Is this the first nasty salvo in the Senate campaign between former Assemblyman Joe Canciamilla and incumbent Assemblyman Mark DeSaulnier?

Check out www.joeforjoe.com, an anonymously posted web site that slams Canciamilla (pictured on the left) for taking tobacco company contributions while he was in the state Assembly.

Canciamilla has said he willingly took the money because Assembly leaders asked him to do it. He was in a safe seat, so he handed over the money to party leaders and other Democratic candidates who could then claim no connection to the dollars.

The “Joe” in the web site title refers to Joe Camel, the cartoon character used in cigarette advertising.

This again illustrates the double-edged sword of campaign contributions: Candidates need money to run but nearly every one of those dollars come with baggage.

As for the origins of this web site, we may never know. Unless the person or group that created the site raised or spent more than $1,000 — the expenditure threshold — it will never be disclosed.

But here’s what a search of www.godaddy.com, a domain registry search, found:

Registrant:
c/o JOEFORJOE.COM
P.O. Box 821650
Vancouver, WA 98682

Registrar: NAMESDIRECT
Domain Name: JOEFORJOE.COM
Created on: 06-FEB-08
Expires on: 07-FEB-09
Last Updated on: 11-FEB-08

Administrative Contact:
aXct69@privacypost.com
c/o JOEFORJOE.COM
P.O. Box 821650
Vancouver, WA 98682
1.360-449-5933

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  • Canciamilla Supporter

    Should anyone be surprise at who is behind this attack on Joe Canciamilla? The old saying is: “When you can’t debate the issues, slime your opponent.”

    For this reason alone, voters should reject Joe’s opponent for the State Senate!

  • Canciamilla Supporter

    Should anyone be surprise at who is behind this attack on Joe Canciamilla? The old saying is: “When you can’t debate the issues, slime your opponent.”

    For this reason alone, voters should reject Joe’s opponent for the State Senate!

  • Ted Ford

    or DeSaulnier should denounce the website immediately and unequivocally

  • Ted Ford

    or DeSaulnier should denounce the website immediately and unequivocally

  • Finance Reform Supporter

    The quote from the debate suggested that he offered to raise the money, then direct it to the Speaker. But handling “directed contributions” is a violation of campaign finance laws and could lead to fines from the Fair Political Practices Commission.

    Alternatively, he raised money from the Tobacco industry and kept it. Maybe that’s how he has $400,000.

  • Finance Reform Supporter

    The quote from the debate suggested that he offered to raise the money, then direct it to the Speaker. But handling “directed contributions” is a violation of campaign finance laws and could lead to fines from the Fair Political Practices Commission.

    Alternatively, he raised money from the Tobacco industry and kept it. Maybe that’s how he has $400,000.

  • Renegade GOP

    Politics ain’t bean bag. Joe is a big boy and he will handle someone not saying nice things about him OK.

  • Renegade GOP

    Politics ain’t bean bag. Joe is a big boy and he will handle someone not saying nice things about him OK.