California government corruption: State raids fund dedicated to 9/11 victims and anti-terror projects

Corruption at the state level continues in California; and it’s been going on for years. The California Department of Motor Vehicles promoted special memorial vehicle plates as a special purchase where 15 percent of proceeds would go into a scholarship fund for the children of 9/11 victims, and 85 percent would go to anti-terrorism efforts in the state. They lied. Only 1.5 percent has gone to the scholarship fund.

Hat tip to Town Hall and Hot Air.

[A] review by The Associated Press of the $15 million collected since lawmakers approved the “California Memorial Scholarship Program” shows only a small fraction of the money went to scholarships. While 40 percent has funded anti-terror training programs, $3 million was raided by Gov. Jerry Brown and his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to plug the state’s budget deficit.

Millions more have been spent on budget items with little relation to direct threats of terrorism, including livestock diseases and workplace safety.

Do go read the full post, and even though they say $6 million went to funding anti-terrorism projects – it should have been $12.75 million – I’m wondering how they would feel about an audit? I bet you’re wondering what they consider “anti-terror funding.” More than $2.2 million was supposed to go into the scholarship fund, less than $230,000 got there.

Click here for a list of California “special interest” plates currently available, but it’s important to note the state has now scrubbed any mention of the funding for the 9/11 scholarships. The Wayback Machine brings us what was posted back on Feb. 19, 2011. You can also check out the Wayback Machine’s capture from April 29, 2011. Here is a screen shot, note the specified text was “fund scholarships for the children of Californians who died in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks…”

You have to wonder, where is the extra money for the Whale Tail plates really going.

Who is responsible for this government-sponsored fraud? Who will be held accountable?

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Steve McGough

Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.


  1. PatRiot on May 30, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    The addiction to spending has reached new lows.
    When they have become blind to common sense and moral?integrity, it is incumbent on the rest of society to stop feeding their habit.?
    I for one would enjoy watching them go through withdrawal.?

  2. Dimsdale on May 30, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    It is the “general fund effect” all over again: collect money earmarked for a particular purpose, dump it in the general (slush) fund, and spend it where you want, either buying votes or paying off previous votes.
    California is the end effect of the liberal dream: their idea of a “utopia.”

  3. Anybody but Obama on June 1, 2012 at 8:44 am

    I will need to go check but if my old memory serves me right, Mocher Molloy and?the ?corrupt socialists have already robbed the special plate funds here in CT.

  4. Lynn on June 4, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Steve, I love the reference to the Waybackmachine. I have fond memories of that machine and Peabody. Although this subject is grim & immoral, stealing from a 9/11 and a scholarship fund, disgusting.

    • Dimsdale on June 6, 2012 at 9:07 am

      Don’t forget Sherman!? And then there were “Fractured Fairy Tales”…..?? 😉


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