Letter: Response to Grego from Tahoe Chamber Independent Expenditure Committee (opinion)
November 9, 2016
Dear Mr. Grego, The purpose of this letter is to clarify the misinformation you continue to spread about the Tahoe Chamber Independent Expenditure Committee (IEC) through various local media channels. Here are the facts.
Tahoe Chamber and the Tahoe Chamber Independent Expenditure Committee are two separate organizations. It is a fact that each organization supports the same goal of achieving the Tahoe Future 2020 Vision.
The IEC is a California political action committee duly registered with Office of the California Secretary of State. Under IRS rules, the IEC is registered as a "candidate PAC." By law, a candidate PAC is required to spend the majority of its funds supporting or opposing candidates for elected office (not ballot measures). Such activity would require the formation of an "Initiative PAC." The Tahoe Chamber IEC is NOT spending any money related to Measure T.
The Tahoe Chamber IEC IS spending funds raised from contributors throughout the South Shore in support of the two City Council candidates we have independently endorsed — Brooke Laine and Jason Collin. By law, we cannot coordinate with the campaign of any council candidate or directly with any candidate. We cannot and do not take any suggestions or consider the wishes of any candidate or candidate campaign. We have not and cannot "pour money" into any candidate's campaign, as you continue to allege.
The IEC has advertised its support for both our endorsed candidates at the same time for efficiency and clarity. We unanimously agreed that Brooke Laine and Jason Collin are the two candidates who align most closely with the Tahoe Future 2020 Vision. We are not suggesting these two candidates are exactly the same. We understand each has their own independent views about the issues and challenges facing our community. It is important, however, that each of these two candidates has committed to listen and work with others.
The Tahoe Chamber IEC is a collective voice of businesses, organizations and individuals. On behalf of this collective voice, we support a stronger, more resilient and sustainable economy and community throughout the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, in both California and Nevada. For more information about this year's Tahoe Chamber IEC members and our role in the political process, please visit tahoefuture.org.
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