|Butcher & Forde|
- Larry Agran's Corruption, Incompetence Worse Than Previously Known (OC Weekly)
- Great Park squandered millions, execs testify (OC Reg)
- Great Park Boss: Consultants' Power Over Public Officials 'Was Just Wrong' (Voice of OC)
See OC's "win at any cost" political ethic: Butcher-Forde, Tom Fuentes, & James Lacy
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“Some of these consultants [Butcher and Forde, Fuentes, et al.] regard a campaign as the equivalent of warfare, in which anything goes, short of overt violations of the law. Deceptions and misrepresentations, especially unleashed at the last minute through computerized mailings, seem to have become, for some, a standard campaign technique.”
Young Tom—Orange County Citizens' DirectionFinding Commission report, 1978
SEE Great Park Timeline - in 1994, Forde and Mollrich worked for the pro El Toro Airport forces (i.e., big money Orange Countians); later (in the new millennium), the firm supported efforts to block the airport."When Butcher and Forde brought professional management and a fierce competitive drive to Orange County campaigning, they were challenging decades of friendly, folksy clannishness. They have been called amoral and their campaign tactics deceptive. And the accusations have not been hurled exclusively by their candidates’ opponents."— "Butcher and Forde, wizards of the computer letter," California Journal, May 1979.
You'll recall that Tom Fuentes, seeing a political opportunity (for his far-right wing of the local GOP), early on decided to support anti-Airport forces (thereby joining "liberal" Agran's anti-airport movement), one reason that the Fat Wallet crowd forced Tom out of the OC Republican chairmanship in 2004.
Agran and Forde