While there were no big surprises for most of the candidates, there was one candidate who had very little to report. Mr. Watson, a candidate for a council seat, reported only $200 in monetary campaign contributions and $1801.72 in campaign loans to himself. That’s it. Mr. Watson, evidently, had absolutely no expenses or non-monetary contributions.
All the other candidates reported the $1142 candidate/ballot filing fee that is paid to the city in order to run for office in Pleasanton and get your name on the ballot. Mr. Watson’s name is on the ballot, so where is his disclosure for the fee paid?
A photo accompanying an article on the Pleasanton Patch shows Mr. Watson at the Farmer’s Market standing by a table covered with campaign literature, and propping up campaign signs. Another photo with a different article on the same site shows a planted Watson yard sign. Mr. Watson reported no expenses spent towards campaign literature or signs, yet we see them displayed. Why is this expense not disclosed? Web Link Web Link
Mr. Watson notes on his campaign website that he is endorsed by the Pleasanton Tea Party, the Tri-Valley Patriots and the Alameda County Republican Party organizations. PTP “founder” Dr. Bridgit Melson is advertising Mr. Watson as the PTP’s “very own” candidate on the home page of her website. And yet, Mr. Watson is reporting neither monetary nor non-monetary contributions from any of these organizations. Why are there no campaign contributions disclosed from these organizations?
Mr. Watson, who admitted in the Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum that he is “not familiar with some of the issues facing Pleasanton”, has decided to run his campaign instead on a platform of “accountability” “responsibility” and “transparency”, the “three principles of integrity that describe my approach to government and public service.” Web Link
It seems that campaign financial disclosure is just another one of those things that aren’t covered under Mr. Watson’s “principles of integrity”!