By Robert Haugh
Disgraced former Councilman Dominic Caserta‘s campaign for County Supervisor is officially over.
Well, it was over on May 15, 2018, when he resigned after lots of allegations of sexual harassment and abuse became public. They came from his campaign workers and the female students he taught at Santa Clara High School.
But we got a tip from someone who worked closely with Caserta that the Supervisorial campaign bank account was recently cleaned out. Caserta spent about $149,000 in the last six months from January to June 2019.
What he spent his money on is interesting. It’s supposed to be for campaign-related purposes.
Mlnarik Law Firm
He paid the Mlnarik Law Firm approximately $55,000 in the last six months. Last year, he paid them $40,000 as we reported. That payment was after Caserta dropped out of the race.
John Mlnarik is the disbarred attorney who is representing him in his lawsuit against the Santa Clara Unified School District. Mlnarik was disbarred for forging multiple clients’ signatures and stealing their money, a story we broke.
Caserta and Mlnarik are trying to squeeze money from the district and its kids. They believe the accidental release of part of Caserta’s personnel file led to his downfall — and not his actual actions! We’d like to see them argue that in court.
We’d also like to see the district ask the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to rule on whether these expenditures are legal.
Other Law Firms
Caserta paid a much smaller amount to the Sutton Law Firm who does campaign law. And he paid Rutger Heymann, an attorney who does employment law. Heymann looks like he’s doing the same work as Mlnarik and his payment could be challenged, too.
Caserta paid the most money to a company called Guaranteed Removals. Here’s what they claim on their website:
“Permanently Delete Content — We can delete or remove negative content from a number of websites.”
Caserta made 17 payments. They were varying amounts. He paid them almost $57,000! Wow.
They claim that their customers only pay after content is removed. That means Caserta had a whole lot of negative content removed. Or he got taken.
We checked and all the Caserta stories on Santa Clara News Online are still up. So are all the major news stories. So is Caserta’s entry on Creep Sheet — an international encyclopedia of public officials credibly accused of sexual harassment and assault.
Caserta made a bunch of small contributions to local charities and a big one to Bellarmine College Prep for $10,000. Caserta is a Bellarmine grad. But don’t hold that against them.