As VOC noted, the LFC website actually sports a testimonial from Williams:
This is an odd juxtaposition of facts. LFC gives Williams campaign money and Williams provides LFC with a testimonial. Plus, recently, the County has used LFC’s pricey services (according to Williams’ testimonial).
Equally curious are Tom Fuentes’ remarks. In the VOC article, Fuentes seems to downplay his relationship with LFC. He does acknowledge that he may have been the one who introduced LFC’s owner, William Lange, and Williams.
But, Fuentes said, "there's no business relationship" with [LFC] currently, which is why his state statement of economic interests (Form 700) filed with the South Orange County Community College District doesn't indicate any income from the company.If Fuentes is not now working for (or working at) LFC, why does he have an LFC email address?
Fuentes said he had his offices at LFC several years ago when he became a senior fellow with Claremont Institute because the firm donated office space to the program. He still regularly communicates with an email address with an lfc.com tag.
Yet Fuentes said he had no knowledge of the LFC land transaction for Williams' office. However, he has always been a strong supporter of Williams, and sources say he has lobbied county supervisors on Williams' behalf.
Fuentes' introduction of Williams to LFC was around the time that Williams convinced county supervisors to combine the appointed job of Public Administrator (with an annual salary of $20,000) and the elected job of Public Guardian (which pays $138,000) and hand both offices to him.
In the article, Fuentes seems to imply that he never worked for LFC, but, as of four years ago when DtB explored Fuentes’ relationship with LFC, Fuentes’ SOCCCD bio stated that he was a "Senior Vice President of the LFC Group of Companies.” That title crops up in other documents as well.
We’ve been examining recently acquired documents regarding Fuentes and his income. They raise interesting questions about Fuentes’ relationship with LFC (and Claremont) and the nature of Fuentes’ income. More later.
Evidently, the Claremont Institute is one of Fuentes' sources of income.