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California Governor Gavin Newsom has been attempting to make political hay off the tragic shootings that occurred in Southern California at a dance hall in Monterey Park during Lunar New Year celebrations, and in Northern California in the coastal town of Half Moon Bay at a mushroom harvesting facility. Newsom did a photo op with the hero who disarmed the Monterey Park perpetrator, and did a walkabout with CBS’ Norah O’Donnell, spouting about the epidemic of gun violence while flanked by his armed security detail. His latest rant is demanding a response from House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and spouting about how Republicans and Fox News are evil and the reason why real gun reform has not happened.
Meanwhile, on Monday, it was another day in paradise in Oakland. One person was killed and seven were injured in yet another gun violence incident. What was the commentary from the Governor on this one?
Bupkis. You would think Newsom could read the room and recognize that this “epidemic” in a state that has some of the strictest gun laws—yet some of the highest crime and gun violence in the nation—says more about his governance, not to mention the state of men’s hearts and minds, than it does about the supposed scourge of the Second Amendment.
While Newsom is making his public show to build his presidential presence, it would be best for all to also pay attention to what he is doing behind closed doors. This is where the massive corruption is done.
First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom has a non-profit called The Representation Project, which rakes in quite a bit of money on the premise that it is empowering women and girls. She also has another organization called The California Partners Project, also focused on building women leaders. Newsom has used behested payments (like the gun control laws, another California scourge) to fund the coffers of this non-profit.
The governor has taken advantage of California’s “behested payments” law to ask for “charitable” contributions to benefit the “California Partners Project” founded by his wife. In the last three years, the project has collected $1,671,680 at Gov. Newsom’s “behest.”
California strictly regulates gifts and campaign contributions, but “behested payments” are in a different category. Elected officials are free to request donations in any amount from any individual or entity for any “legislative, governmental or charitable purpose.” There are no limits on how much may be requested or given. State law requires public reporting if the payments total $5,000 or more in a calendar year from a single source.
Now the Open the Books organization has done an investigation into The Representation Project surrounding its funneling of so-called educational videos into the middle school curriculum of California school districts. Since the California Teachers’ Unions are Governor Newsom’s biggest contributors, one might see this as a conflict of interest. Young conservative activist Max Bonilla took to TikTok and called it what it is: “money laundering.” On top of the rabid financial corruption, the “charity” was also not complying with state laws concerning the submission of filings.
Open the Books wrote about this on their Substack:
Last week, our investigation broke the story that The Representation Project was not in compliance with the California Charitable Solicitation Act. Now, it’s clear that the charity spent last year engaged in big-money fundraising events with corporate executives and philanthropists – while its charitable filings were delinquent with the state.
Then, the Newsom nonprofit scrambled to submit their proper registration. Working with the California Attorney General, a process that normally takes days or weeks was completed in hours.
That would be AG Rob Bonta, whose office “accidentally” released the records of concealed carry holders in the state, and who is still “investigating.”
But the governor’s wife needs paperwork done? On it! Your taxpayer dollars at work.
Speaking of taxpayer dollars, these gender justice movies produced by Siebel Newsom come with quite a price tag.
"Schools spend between $49-$599 to screen these movies to children."
Since TRP’s founding Jennifer Siebel Newsom has collected $1,501,727 in salary.
Yet the nonprofit is currently delinquent with its charitable solicitation registration in Californiahttps://t.co/dUBiMCpyYD
— skepticalifornia (@skepticaliblog) January 22, 2023
Siebel Newsom, through her non-profit The Representation Project, has released four films advocating gender justice. The films are leased for screenings to individuals, corporations, and schools, and come with their own lesson plans. Schools spend between $49-$599 to screen these movies to children.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom is credited as a writer and director on each of these films. Two of the movies feature Gavin Newsom himself, and many of the lesson plan activities are oriented toward engaging children in social and political activism.
Because of Gavin Newsom’s role in these films and because licenses are sold to schools which the governor is responsible for funding with tax dollars, auditors at OpenTheBooks.com felt the organization deserved further scrutiny.
Who’s Watching? 2.6 million students in 5,000 schools
According to The Representation Project’s Impact Report (2011-2021), the organization’s film curricula are being used in over 5,000 schools in all fifty states. The Representation Project claims over 11,200 copies of the curricula have been distributed, reaching more than 2.6 million students.
Now you know why California education ranks at the bottom of the barrel. Lining the Newsom family coffers, gender justice, and Satanic clubs are the order of importance. Actual reading, writing, and arithmetic? Not so much.