Chuck DeVore Slams Todd Spitzer on Vegas Trip & Union Support

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Spitzer: "I've done nothing wrong."
Talking to Chuck DeVore and Todd Spitzer, two men who were once pals, you get the sense that these two Republican candidates seeking the same office, the county's 3rd District supervisor's seat, don't like each other.

DeVore recently produced a bombshell 30-second campaign commercial that accuses Spitzer of hiding excessive public employee union campaign contributions as well as using those funds to buys himself dinners, a satellite radio subscription, gas and trips to the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas.

DeVore's point? That Spitzer is "Big Labor's favorite Republican."

Spitzer is not amused, telling me that, "Chuck needs to learn how to read campaign finance reports." He said that he has not hidden any money and has used his two currently active political accounts, one for the supervisor's race and another for his campaigns for the local Republican Central Committee, for "completely permissible uses."

For example, DeVore slams Spitzer for spending campaign money in Las Vegas, but Spitzer--a former high ranking prosecutor until he was fired last year--says, "I wasn't on any junket, like Chuck is saying. That money went to support the District Attorney's team in the annual Baker to Vegas [law enforcement] run. It was for the DA's troops. I sponsored them. That's a completely legitimate use."

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Spitzer: That's DA Rackauckas (center) sitting with me during Vegas trip questioned by DeVore.
What about the dinners, gas, credit card bills and satellite radio subscription? "All legitimate uses," Spitzer said. "I travel to meetings and events and like to keep informed about current events."

As for serving the interests of public employee unions that despise DeVore, Spitzer said, "I'm adhering to [Orange County Republican Party boss] Scott Baugh's manifesto and will not take any union contributions for my supervisor's campaign. What Chuck is saying is frivolous. All of my money is traceable."

But DeVore insists that all contributions of more than $100 must be itemized and Spitzer hasn't itemized about $54,000 in union funds in either of his two active accounts.

"There's dozens of Teamsters and AFL-CIO-type contributions that haven't been itemized in these accounts," said DeVore.

Said Spitzer, "I don't have to itemize them because they've already been itemized when I first accepted the contributions in the past as far back as 1996. Everything is documented."

Spitzer fired a shot of his own: He says that DeVore has been erroneous claiming that he raised more money during the first six months of this year.

"I raised about $100,000," he said. "Chuck raised around $70,000. He wasn't able to raise money like he said he would. The bottom line is that when he had a chance to prove he's a viable candidate, he couldn't do it."

Go HERE to see DeVore's commercial blasting Spitzer and HERE to see Spitzer's campaign website.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly


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Liberalism_ROCKS!!
Liberalism_ROCKS!!

Chuck is not a viable candidate....he drags out obscure points and expects everyone to get upset about it..not working

Liberalism_ROCKS!!
Liberalism_ROCKS!!

More Drivel from Chuck Devore...give it a rest..man..Go Spitzer..

toomanyids
toomanyids

Love it when too Republicans go after each other.

briansays
briansays

don't you just love it once so called conservatives get a taste of the good life in the public sector they never want to leave it and go back to the real world so they start turning on each other fighting over whatever office they find

like 2 old dogs fighting over 1 bone

JBarnett
JBarnett

Why can't DeVore get his facts straight? Baugh said no union money. Todd is running for Supervisor and took all the union money out of his Supervisor campaign account. End or story. Let's move on.

Jim Baum
Jim Baum

Trouble for Chuck - his video doesn't even have 200 hits and probably cost him more than a grand to produce. He doesn't even have $40k to start with. Can' be spending $5 per person to watch his little videos. He just ain't got enough money to make any of this matter.

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