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Recall Election Governor Candidate Larry Elder Bans Press Access To His Long Beach Fundraiser

LBREPORT.com publisher Pearl: "We regret the Elder campaign's refusal to allow press access to its Long Beach event. Unless reversed, voters have a right to ask: 'What does Gubernatorial candidate Elder not want the public to hear him tell his contributors at the Long Beach event?'"



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(August 28, 2021, 5:35 p.m..) -- LBREPORT.com learned today that the Larry Elder recall election campaign for Governor has banned press access at his August 29 Long Beach fundraiser.


Online event flier indicates paid for by Elder for Governor 2021 #1439386."

LBREPORT.com, an online outlet now completing our 21st year of online news coverage, had planned to cover Mr. Elder's remarks at the Long Beach event "C-SPAN style" (without clipped sound bites and without comments.) We learned at midafternoon Aug 28 through a third party that Mr. Elder's campaign has banned press access to its Long Beach event.

An online fundraising portal for the Long Beach event -- seeking contributions of $100 to $32,400 -- says the fundraiser is sold out.

At midafternoon Aug. 28 LBREPORT.com telephoned the event-listed contact and left a voice mail message inviting a statement from the campaign on its refusal to allow press access to event but has received no response.

The Elder campaign did allow press access to an August 22 event fundraiser at the home of a wealthy OC supporter. When LBREPORT.com sought access to the OC event, the Elder campaign efficiently emailed us a form seeking our basic contact information (common prerequisite for such events.) A health issue on our part prevented our attendance at the OC event.

LBREPORT.com publisher issued the following statement. "We regret the Elder campaign's refusal to allow press access to its Long Beach event. Unless reversed, voters have a right to ask: 'What does Gubernatorial candidate Elder not want the public to hear him tell his contributors at the Long Beach event?'"

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Reporters are accustomed to incumbent politicians and those seeking elective office who try to prevent press access to their fundraisers (preventing the public from learning what they tell their contributors.)

In 2019, then-state Senate candidate Lena Gonzalez's campaign blocked LBREPORT.com from attending two of her campaign fundraisers (one at a Lakewood business, another at a LB home.)

Senator Gonzalez, today an opponent of the recall election, sought as a Councilwoman to block LBREPORT.com's camera lens when we inquired -- following a public Council district budget meeting -- whether she supported budgeting more police than Mayor Garcia recommended in FY17.) (LBREPORT.com coverage here)

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Aug. 29, 5:55 a.m. Sentence added clarifying that over a week earlier, LBREPORT.com sought access through an event intermediary and was told we would receive such access.

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