Friends of Recall Pan – Your Cover is Blown

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See “Code Red Meme” at the end of the post if you need an explanation

Thanks to the investigative efforts of Andrew Liebich, a California-based vaccine activist, we now know of one stark, highly questionable connection between the Recall Pan 2.0 Campaign, known as “Friends in Support of Recall Pan” (FPPC ID #1380281, hereinafter referred to as “the PAC”) and a lawyer friendly to a politician who sponsored the 2015 Senate Bill 277.

The members of the PAC, according to the Friends in Support of Recall Pan website[1] are:

  • Janine Kloss, Principal Officer, Signer
  • Aaron Mills, Committee Member, Signer
  • Emily Henkel, Treasurer, Signer
  • Amber Beasley, Committee Member
  • Melonie Zarzuela, Committee Member

Liebich discovered a payment from the PAC to an attorney named Max Kanin. This can be viewed on Page 12 of 17 of the PAC’s filing of CA Form 460[2] or in this excerpt, that has been formatted for the small screen, here:

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You can also access the more interactive Secretary of State / Cal-Access website for more information about the PAC, here: http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/Campaign/Committees/Detail.aspx?id=1380281&view=expenditures

On Kanin’s LinkedIn[3] page, he prominently lists being a campaigner for SB 277 co-sponsor Ben Allen’s campaign.

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All that by itself is not that startling. Attorneys represent many types of clients over their career, and are supposed to be zealous advocates for their clients. Clients with an enlightened self-interest usually pick attorneys who do not have overt conflicts of interest with their cause. And one would think it goes without saying, our movement does not want to financially reward someone who works for the other side. Maybe that’s just me.

That’s all well and good, however, referencing one of Kanin’s Tweets from September 2015, it is clear he is not shy about publicly pronouncing his firm belief in vaccines. While taking a moment to ridicule one of the few political candidates willing to take the unpopular position in this controversy, Kanin made sure to high-five his buddy and former employer, Senator Allen (@BenAllenCA).

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The PACs decision to hire Kanin is at best an incompetent failure in due diligence, and at worst, a case of enlightened self-interest. If you still think supporting Pan Recall 2.0 is a good idea, I encourage you to read our previous post, Recall Senator Pan 2.0: Should we or shouldn’t we?

The Code Red Meme

As Liebich began revealing this information on Vaccine Activist Facebook Groups like AWAKE CA, and Natural Immunity Community, PAC Committee Member Aaron Mills began running damage control for the PAC. At a certain point around when the Kanin/Trump Tweet emerged, Mills decided to remove himself from both of those Facebook Groups. It’s hard to deny the appearance of the jig is up, so he got the hell out of dodge in this cirumstance.

Citations

  1. Friends in Support of Recall Pan
  2. PAN; FRIENDS IN SUPPORT OF RECALL, Form 460 Filing (refer to page 12 of 17)
  3. Max Kanin’s LinkedIn Page
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