Tyler Diep Did a Bad, Bad Thing
Posted by Lassie on February 6, 2012
My name is “Lassie,” and I am a local elected official, which is why I need a pseudonym to protect my identity. You can expect my posts to blow the whistle on elected officials and candidates who are up to no good. My detective work sniffing out the truth will be applauded by some and hated by others.
Today, Tyler “Triple” Diep is the focus of my investigation into what appears to be a very disturbing trend for a Republican. We refer to him as “Triple” because according to his Westminster City Council biography, he currently collects a salary as an employee at the Board of Equalization in the office of Michelle Steel, an elected member of the Midway City Sanitary District, and a Westminster City Council Member.
This article is not set to focus on his triple dipping but instead some of his questionable decision-making in campaign finance.
The Vietnamese American Leadership aka VAL PAC is a local PAC that is apparently controlled by Tyler Diep, considering his phone number is the one listed on the PAC. This is the same phone number he uses on his Midway City Sanitary District Board of Directors profile. There is nothing illegal about this, but the donations that this PAC made are questionable for a supposedly conservative Republican. Consider the following donations, which comprise of 69% of the VAL PAC’s contributions to candidates (once you exclude the money donated to Tyler Diep):
Democrat – Miguel Pulido $1,000
Democrat – Vince Sarmiento $750
Democrat – Michele Martinez $250
Democrat - John Tran $250
Aside from that PAC, consider these donations to Diep’s Assembly committee, which are pretty questionable for a Republican:
Union – Westminster POA $3,000
Union – Orange County Professional Firefighters $1,500
Union – Orange County Deputy Sherriffs $250
Union – California Asian Peace Officers $500
Democrat Committee – Andrew Nguyen for School Board $500
The third part to this story is the fact that Diep failed to report the Vietnamese American Leadership PAC in the “Related Committees” section of his campaign finance filings for Assembly, his campaign finance filings for City Council, and his campaign finance filings for Sanitary District.
The “Related Committees” section appears on page 2 of each of these forms and has this description from the FPPC: “Related Committees Not Included in this Statement: List any committees not included in this statement that are controlled by you or are primarily formed to receive contributions or to make expenditures on behalf of your candidacy.” (I added the bolding.) The Assembly, City Council, and Sanitary District committees are mentioned on all three filings, but none of the three mention the Vietnamese American PAC.