Another option to Abel Maldonado and Lois Capps

October 29, 2012

Matt Kokkonen


Are there two tax cheats running for Congress now in California’s redesigned 24th District?

Lois Capps failed to report rental income for 10 years, only to pay up after getting caught and failed to report $500,000 of campaign contributions.

Abel Maldonado owes the IRS $4 million for taking improper business deductions for political activities, etc.

There is another alternative to voting for one of these two hypocrites. If you cannot stomach voting for either of these two, write in a name on the ballot even though the ballot does not have a line for it.

We must change the law. Abel Maldonado also authored the most undemocratic law in California – the open primary system – which also took away the write-in Congressional candidate option. Under this system, Democrats can vote for a Republican candidate in the primary and vice versa. It is as if Baptists may vote to choose the Catholic Pope. That makes no sense. In fact, under this law, why have any political parties at all? For sure, minority political parties have no reason to exist anymore.

I believe this law is unconstitutional because it limits our freedom of association and because it limits our freedom of choice. Maldonado must have felt very vulnerable about his chances to stand toe to toe with a fiscal conservative. Unbelievably, his law also took away the write-in option for Congress.

This abomination of a law must be challenged and eliminated. Will you help me with this project? You could use the blank space on the ballot to write in another name on the Congressional ballot. Or you are welcome to write in my name, Matt Kokkonen as I will pursue a challenge to this law.

For Lois Capps, the tax cheating is typical since she also misled the residents of her Congressional District already years ago by promising to run only three two-year terms. Not only did she promise to do so, but she signed a pledge to do that in return for receiving a $300,000 political contribution that was used to defeat her challenger. Guess what? She kept the money and kept the Congressional seat.

Lois Capps also claims to have authored the 2,700 pages of Obamacare legislation and supported Nancy Pelosi who said Congress had to pass the legislation in order to find out what was in it. How stupid does she think Americans are? Did Capps even read the 2,700 pages of the law herself?

Abel Maldonado provided Governor Schwarzenegger with the swing vote that gave California its largest tax increase ever. Yet today the state is deeper in debt than it was then. Maldonado also stated that he would not have voted for the Paul Ryan budget. There we go again with increased taxes from him.

Both Lois and Abel would rather buy our gas and oil from abroad than drill for them off our coasts.

Not only did Abel Maldonado not show up for a single debate during the primary election, but he has refused to respond to my request on what his position is on the federal E-Verify program to weed out illegal workers. I am a legal immigrant from Finland and greatly value living in America.

Send me an email at or call me at 886-1880.


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Matt Kokkonen STILL stead-fastly refuses to make his tax returns public, hiding from the public potential evidence of his own tax filing mistakes, or, what he would call “cheating.”

He was asked by local radio host Dave Congalton on air if he would ever disclose his tax returns to the public and his answer was “No! Why should I”? Congalton then explained why it might be expected of him by the voters, but still Kokkonen, in a most arrogant manner, continued to say he would keep his filings hidden from the public, for reasons he refused to explain.

Lois Capps, on the other hand, has made her tax records public and subject to intense scrutiny by her most powerful and persistent opponents and enemies. She disclosed her mistakes without prompting, corrected her mistakes graciously without blaming others, paid all she owes, and is in good-standing with all tax collection agencies. We can’t say the same thing about Kokkonen, Maldonado and most Republicans who might consider challenging her.

Kokkonen owes the Honorable Lois Capps and the public a HUGE apology. And if he wants to gain any credibility or trust, he should make his tax records public the way Lois Capps has. That would be the honorable thing to do in this case, but knowing Kokkonen, such an honorable gesture on his part is not likely, as he is too busy blaming and slandering others. Sad.