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Blog: 'Team Oceanside' Allegations

Response to allegations by Donald Snyder about Team Oceanside

Patch blogger and Oceanside City Council candidate Donald Snyder seems determined to perpetuate the lies that have recently begun circulating about alleged campaign finance violations on the part of the Team Oceanside PAC.

As the treasurer of the Team Oceanside PAC, I will take a few minutes to address these allegations. 

They were first raised in a blog post on right-wing site sdrostra.com (no, I'm not going to link to it) in a post by San Diego County Republican Party Secretary Derrick W Roach. Mr. Roach is also a licensed Private Investigator in the state of California. Apparently, the requirements for being a PI in California do not include literacy. Mr Roach alleges that Team Oceanside has not registered in the correct category as a PAC with the state's Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).

Had he bothered to pull the original statement of organization (CA Form 410) for Team Oceanside, he would have found the following "Brief Description of Activity": "We support candidates and measure that stand for preserving and enhancing the quality of life of Oceanside residents and taxpayers and oppose those against."

None of the PAC's actions have been contrary to this statement.

When Mr. Roach first leveled his allegation against the PAC (and myself as its Treasurer), I took the liberty of contacting the FPPC. I was informed that they did not have any issues with our actions or filings, and further that no complaints had been filed making official allegations of wrongdoing.

Donald Snyder's perpetuation of the libelous allegation of "money laundering" by Mr. Roach in this case simply shows his unfitness for elected office. Our elected officials are given a public trust that includes the obvious of "doing their homework" and actually weighing the validity of the arguments with which they are presented.

I have consulted and will continue to consult with attorneys regarding possible legal action for libel against the author of the original blog post (Mr. Roach) and the San Diego County Republican Party, given that he holds an official position in that organization and that there is a strong possibility that his actions were authorized or encouraged by the San Diego County Republican Party's Central Committee.

At the same time, I am forced to conclude that given the lack of filing of an official complaint, this is nothing but an attempt at slinging mud, with the hope that some of it will sail past the Team Oceanside PAC and splatter the candidates which we have endorsed for the November 2012 Mayoral and City Council races in Oceanside.

Mr. Snyder would be well advised to retract his perpetuation of the libelous allegations that have been made by partisan tools, and examine his priorities and convictions.

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Donald Snyder November 06, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Mr. Wilson, I was given an article on my page and said it was 'possibly' true. But this is the kind of things I and the other candidates who are taking no money are trying to avoid. Mud slinging and false accusations. I'm sorry if I offended anyone. Being new to campaigning I'm experiencing bumps in the road at times. I meant no harm to 'team Oceanside'. My only problem with 'team Oceanside' is that there are only three of them and not the full five. This is why Oceanside doesn't get anything done in chambers. We need more people in the chambers who agree with each other. I'm not sure this election will solve that question or not. We'll see shortly. I'm bombarded with e-mails constantly and question many of them. Sorry if this offended you.
Chris Wilson November 06, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Donald, none of that changes the fact that you repeated a libelous rumor that you heard on the internet without bothering to verify the facts behind it. That is not the kind of judgement the public deserves from someone seeking to become an elected official.
Daniel Woolfolk November 06, 2012 at 04:57 PM
My editor and I decided to remove Mr. Snyder's blog post because it did not meet our Terms of Use. (Blogs are automatically approved and removed if they don't meet the terms.) Here are the Terms of Use: http://camppendleton.patch.com/terms

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