D.A. race: Lacey camp says Jackson lied about party held by felon
The campaign of Los Angeles County district attorney candidate Jackie Lacey accused rival Alan Jackson's campaign Tuesday of lying about whether a gathering Jackson attended at the home of campaign donor Victorino Noval, a convicted felon, was a fundraiser.
Noval was convicted on federal charges relating to a multimillion-dollar mortgage loan scheme in the late 1990s and sentenced to prison in 2003, a fact the Jackson campaign has said it was unaware of when it accepted a total of $3,000 in campaign contributions from Noval.
Noval's adult sons, his girlfriend and another woman listed as an assistant to the Victorino Noval Foundation also contributed to Jackson, for a total of $15,000, and one of Noval's sons gave $100,000 to the state Republican Party a day before the party spent nearly $80,000 on mailers promoting Jackson. The party said it got Victorino Noval's name from the Jackson campaign but denied that the money was earmarked for the Jackson mailers.
Noval also posted photos on his foundation's Facebook page of an event he touted as a "fundraiser for Los Angeles' future DA Alan Jackson." Jackson's campaign said the event was not a fundraiser but a Cinco de Mayo party.
Lacey's campaign released a copy of an invitation they said had been sent out by Noval on May 2 to an event attendee who was not identified. The message read:
"Hope all is well. I am a big supporter of who I believe will be L.A.’s new District Attorney Alan Jackson. Most of my friends and family have donated the max ($1500) towards his Campaign. Please Come meet him and help him out financially! Alan is a great guy to get to know. He will be at my Cinco de Mayo Annual Celebration this Saturday Evening 7PM till Midnight. I Will have Mexican caterers, Mariachis And real Mermaids swimming in the pool (found them last week and captured them). I invited a group of exclusive friends who are all professionals, partners and overseas guest and of course a bunch of nice ladies."
Jackson's campaign manager, John Thomas, said the campaign had not seen the invitation before but that it did not contradict his previous statements.
"It reconfirms everything we said before, which is, this was not a fundraiser, it was a Cinco de Mayo party that Alan happened to be at," he said.
Thomas also said Jackson did not recall seeing mermaids there.
The Jackson campaign, in turn, blasted Lacey for having a fundraiser hosted over the weekend by a former adult film star, Kira Reed Lorsch.
Lorsch performed in erotic movies in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including "Sex Files: Alien Erotica" and "Secrets of a Chambermaid." She has also worked as a reporter for Playboy TV's "Sexcetera." According to a website for Lorsch's business, "her work with the bunny led her to writing and producing for E, Eleventh Day Entertainment and Associated Television."
Lorsch and her husband, Bob Lorsch, co-owners of a business management and investment-holding corporation in Beverly Hills, put on a Sunday brunch fundraiser for Lacey.
Thomas, Jackson's campaign strategist, called it "a little bit hypocritical" for the Lacey campaign to attack Jackson for events he has attended when "she's having porn stars host fundraisers on her behalf."
"Is this the kind of message she wants to send to young children?" he said.
Lacey's campaign consultant, Parke Skelton, said Lacey knew the Lorsches from working together on animal welfare issues, "a major concern for them and an area where Jackie has a particularly strong record in the D.A.'s office," having helped to launch the office's animal cruelty prosecution program.
"Has Alan Jackson no common decency?" the Lacey campaign said in a statement. "To cover up the fact that his largest financial backing is coming from a convicted felon, Jackson has decided to attack the wife of someone who hosted an event for Jackie Lacey because she did some erotica for Playboy more than a decade ago?"
Skelton also pointed out that Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt and his wife have contributed $4,500 to the Jackson campaign.
-- Abby Sewell