RON HERBERT, San Clemente

The article in San Clemente Times’ issue last week in which San Juan Capistrano Mayor Brian Maryott accused Congressman Mike Levin of receiving “dark money” is very convoluted.

The article states that Mr. Levin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held an event in Oceanside, where they were discussing the “For The People Act,” which was recently passed by the House of Representatives.

Mr. Maryott stated that because of that discussion, it “was utterly apparent that Mike Levin is bought and paid for by D.C. political elites and out-of-state extremists.”

To accuse Congressman Levin of this simply because they discussed the legislation doesn’t make any sense. Quite the contrary.

As the article states, the “For The People Act“ is aimed at enhancing the fairness of elections and curbing the political influence of big money.” How Mr. Maryott comes to his conclusion is mind-boggling. Mr. Levin voted for the act with the express intent to eliminate “dark money” in politics.

Mr. Maryott’s accusation is ridiculous, and it is a lie. He should be ashamed of himself.

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  • Had the author published the full quote from Brian Maryott, the context would have made more sense.

    “Speaker Pelosi and Rep. Levin are on full-blown damage control today in Oceanside. However, District 49 voters see through their manipulative deceit and hypocritical attempts to spin Mike’s benefitting from hundreds of thousands of dollars in Democrat dark money over the past few months. It’s utterly apparent that Mike Levin is bought and paid for by D.C. political elites and out-of-state extremists,” said Brian Maryott, Republican candidate for Congress.

    Mike has benefited from hundreds of thousands of dollars in “dark money” in the past few months. It was extremely hypocritical for Mike to hold an event condemning dark money, when it is well documented that he and Democrat Party have relied on it to run positive messaging for them.

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