Peter Byrne 
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Re: “UPDATED: Sheriff’s Stance On Health Order Enforcement Now Unclear

Essick must be immediately fired by the Supervisors. He is a THREAT to public health. Either he has lost his mind or he is being paid cold cash by say, winery owners. Either way, Hasta la vista. Baby.

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Posted by Peter Byrne on 05/29/2020 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Charity Case

You have a sharp eye, Mr. Simmons!

The Bohemian is well aware that on October 11, 2017, Mr. Anderson established a 501-C(4) organization called Rebuild North Bay. We examined the incorporation documents and the tax return and the independent audit of that organization, which is allowed to engage in lobbying and politicking, although it cannot offer tax exemptions as a charity can.

The lobbying non-profit is a separate entity from the almost identically named Rebuild North Bay FOUNDATION, the 501-C(3) which we reported on in detail. The lobbying non-profit’s tax return, audit, and statements from its board of directors (same as the foundation’s board of directors) reveal that the lobbying organization is inactive and not accepting donations. It does not currently lobby nor do anything at all except sit on a bank account of $12,428, as reported in its tax return. PG&E and Rebuild North Bay FOUNDATION’s other donors funded only the 501-C-(3), which is the organization that undertook successive lobbying trips to Washington D.C. and gave money to local politicians, etc.

We chose not to delve into the matter of the 501-C(4) in our story about Rebuild North Bay Foundation because we were reporting only on the actions of the charity, and the technicalities of the existence of the dormant lobbying organization were potentially confusing to readers. That said, when Mr. Anderson first announced the existence of his charitable businesses he made sure to mention that there was a 501-C(4) in the background, which, apparently gave local politicians, such as Supervisor David Rabbit, the true notion that Anderson had the legal capability of funneling unlimited amounts of “dark” money into campaigns for or AGAINST local politicians. And although the lobbying non-profit arm of Anderson’s network of businesses and non-profits is “dormant,” as Ms. Thompson characterized it to us, it can be brought to life instantly—potentially posing a powerful threat to any politicians who cross Mr. Anderson’s political agendas. The Power Broker series will continue to examine Mr. Anderson’s business and lobbying affairs. Please stay tuned.

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Posted by Peter Byrne on 11/23/2019 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Graton Expectations

Station Casinos loaned millions of dollars to the Graton tribe to cover up front development costs, and the tribe is paying it back out of casino proceeds, so it is the tribe's money that covered the land costs.

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Posted by Peter Byrne on 10/12/2018 at 8:13 AM

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