Sacramento is broken. It’s a culture of corruption so pervasive elected officials are blind to how nakedly this pay-to-play environment operates. They’re equally dismissive of its corrosive effect on public trust.
At the center of the most recent example are Gov. Gavin Newsom and his wife, First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom. Mrs. Newsom operates a non-profit foundation called The Representation Project.
It promotes left-wing political causes and finances documentaries she directs and produces, the most recent being “The great American Lie.” In her review, film critic Patricia Ducey scorched the propaganda flick for portraying the US as “greedy and uncaring, despite the American people’s astounding charitable donations.”
According to the Sacramento Bee, since 2011 The Representation Project paid “Siebel Newsom more than $290,000 per year – $2.3 million in all.”
The Representation Project receives funding from large corporations and their executives, each heavily regulated by state agencies accountable to Gov.Newsom and his political appointees. These corporations actively lobby the governor and those agencies, whose regulatory decisions enormously impact market share and profitability.