La Mirada Candidate Tony Aiello Donated $1,781 To La Mirada Councilman Andrew Sarega’s Campaign

Published May 12, 2017

Candidates Andrew Sarega (right) and Tony Aiello shown in a direct mail piece.

By Brian Hews

An examination of La Mirada City Council campaign finance documents shows that candidate Tony Aiello, who lost to eventual District 1 winner John Lewis, paid $1,781 to District 2 winner Andrew Sarega’s campaign on March 17, ten days after the City Council election was decided.

Aiello has been vehemently denying heavy involvement with Sarega or his campaign.

The payment was reported as a “CTB” on Aiello’s report, which is classified as a contribution, and noted the payment as a “Donation to Sarega for Council.”

The report was filed on April 19, 2017, 32 days after Aiello paid Sarega’s campaign.

 

 

Pages from Tony Aiello’s 460 campaign finance statements showing the $1,781 payment to “Sarega for Council.” The form was filed on April 19, 2017 (upper right), 32 days after Aiello made the donation to Serega.

 

 

The March La Mirada City Council campaign was marred with election improprieties as reported by the Lamplighter in several investigative articles. Campaign documents obtained by the Lamplighter showed that a large sum of obscure campaign money had been given to a questionable committee to influence the race.

The committee called itself Residents for a Better La Mirada (RBLM) and received only one donation from a La Habra based construction company.

The committee used the money to slam Aiello’s opponent John Lewis using direct mailed “hit pieces.”

The mailers originated from zip code 76161 in Fort Worth, Texas.

HMG-LML examined the campaign documents and direct mail pieces sent out by Aiello promoting his own campaign.

Aiello’s mail pieces were sent from the same zip code and was printed at the same facility in Texas as RBLM.

The similarities between the information on the RBLM and Aiello’s campaign documents, the mail pieces and campaign flyers strongly indicated coordination between the parties.

The Fair Political Practices Commission is now investigating Aiello and Residents for Better La Mirada, along with La Mirada Councilman Andrew Sarega.

See full Aiello campaign filings, click here.

3 Responses to La Mirada Candidate Tony Aiello Donated $1,781 To La Mirada Councilman Andrew Sarega’s Campaign

  1. OMG Reply

    May 14, 2017 at 8:45 am

    AIello and Sarega are scum. Sarega’s buddy Johnny Imbre gave him money to beat Pauline Deal, now the FPPC is investigating Sarega and Aiello and Imbre. Aiello is done in LM politics, and he should take his stupid blog down. I remember him dating that crack pipe butt-boy AIDS infected convicted drug dealer Randy Economy on his radio show and bashing Hews for no reason. I guess maybe Tony leans both ways huh Carmen? Now butt-boy is taking it in Palm Springs with his psycho mom and Tony is going to have to pay fines. Can you say Karma…. Tony bitch???

  2. Right with you OMG Reply

    May 15, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    OMG, I happen to have heard that radio show where Tony Aiello was on the radio with Randy Economy and San Gabriel Valley News Group City Editor (I think, who cares, his papers grow crappier by the day), also.

    It was pretty tasteless on the part of Economy and Aiello bagging on Hews. Aiellp got just what he wanted from Mr Hews being named as editor of the Lamplighter after griping for years that La Mirada did not have a newspaper. (The content he created was crap too)

    And Economy violated Rule 101- do not talk about your last employer. If nothing else silence is the golden rule.

    But moving on today, I did not inintially like Aiello as he just seemed most intrested in being crowned King Of La MIrada with his endless self promotion of all his appearnace on radio, carnivals, parade, etc…, it just seemed like “hey, look at me”.

    In his latest campaign I backed off a bit with my critical outlook as he seemed to mature a bit by actually taking public opinion and putting it into his platform.

    But this mailer controversy and his denials on any knowledge when compared to the evidence just points to he being a liar.

    The better move would have been a mea culpa. If he had expressed remorse along with an apology in a timely manner, he would have likely found a public that is very forgiving to those that make mistakes, but are truthful.

    However his response points to a serious ethics problem and this is no bueno in public office. I think Tony is politically done with.

    I would see it as proper that the school district forbids him from further appearances at its events as other public organizations, at least until the matter is investigated.

    If proven true he should be removed from the city Historical Committee also.

  3. Right with you OMG, (one last parting shot) Reply

    May 29, 2017 at 3:16 am

    BTW Randy Economy engagwed in deception by mosleading the public into believing 870AM recruited him for his radio show.

    The truth is he paid for the airtime on the lowly radio station, then sold his own ads.

    Anybody could do the same, on weekend nights.

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