|Helped elected with your cash.|
Regular readers will also be aware that Muratore is a big player in the La Loma Association, a 'non-profit' that exists in the largely up scale neighborhood by Dry Creek. It's home to some of Modesto's biggest Mansions, and for years has waged a war on the homeless that travel through it in order to get between downtown and the Gospel Mission, and also camp along Dry Creek. The LLA has been around since 1995, according to the Voice of Modesto blog, and still claims 'start up status.'
However recently the LLA has landed in hot water because as a non-profit they do not have the ability to endorse a political candidate - yet at the same time during Muratore's bid for District 4 for they, surprise!, backed him all the way. So while the city of Modesto was funneling tax dollars from citizens into the La Loma Association (which was spending that money on putting in surveillance cameras to catch homeless veterans sleeping and pushing for heftier fines for dumpster diving), the LLA association was turning right around and putting that money right into Muratore's campaign. According to the VOM: "The question was then put to him “If the LNA isn’t a non-profit then isn’t it a for profit enterprise? Muratore’s response was murky at best saying [LLA President Mike] Moradian had explained to him about the LNA having some tax problems."