By Robert Haugh
Indicted City Councilmember Anthony Becker filed a complaint against Stand Up for Santa Clara alleging that they violated FPPC laws by not filing as a nonprofit organization and helping Mayor Lisa Gillmor during her re-election campaign in 2022.
It looks like Becker didn’t do his homework.
Santa Clara News Online did some research and discovered that Stand Up for Santa Clara is filed as a legitimate nonprofit organization. It took about 60 seconds to do a search on the California Secretary of State’s website.
But Becker wasn’t the only one who didn’t bother to do the search.
San Jose Spotlight and the Silicon Valley Voice both reported Becker’s allegation and complaint without checking it.
Both organizations are considered 49er friendly and close to Becker according to transcripts released by the District Attorney with the Becker indictment.
Becker allegedly leaked a Grand Jury to Carolyn Schuk of the Silicon Valley Voice and Ramona Giwargis is considered a reporter that the 49ers go to for favorable stories.
The Mercury News also reported Becker’s complaint in a page 1 Local section story without checking the fact.
That’s not a big surprise because the publication has a history of skewing stories in favor of the 49ers and their supporters.