Private Booty at Barona

As usual, recent disclosures show that the county’s gambling tribes have been offering hospitality to politicians from far and wide. In particular, on September 14 Barona’s “private gaming area” hosted a $56.25-a-plate meal for some 11 state senate and assembly members and 3 candidates. Attendees included GOP senator Mark Wyland and Republican assemblymen Joel Anderson and Martin Garrick. On July 16, Democratic assembly candidate Toni Atkins got a $27.75 meal at Barona; the same day, termed-out Democratic senator Denise Moreno Ducheny got food of the same value…Meanwhile, on July 9, Megan MacNee, listed as an “Assembly Fellow to Assemblyman Fletcher,” got a $158 ticket and refreshments to the big Rihanna concert at Sacramento’s Arco Arena, thanks to AT&T. On July 25, Roy Sianez, legislative director to termed-out Democratic assemblywoman Mary Salas, picked up a $158 ticket and refreshments to a Vicente Fernández concert, also at Arco. On July 30, Joe Patterson, aide to Assemblyman Martin Garrick, got two Giants tickets to AT&T Park in San Francisco worth $134. Closer to home, Jonathan Hardy, district representative for Senator Denise Ducheny, got a Padres ticket to Petco Park worth $110. And on August 3, Assemblyman Joel Anderson picked up “golf reservations” at La Jolla’s Torrey Pines valued at $272.

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We have a democratic system that is corrupted by money.

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