Frontier Owners Didn't Contribute to Prop 8

Fear not, Burquenos, if you support gay marriage you don't have to stop eating Frontier rolls.

It all started with Jim Baca writing that the owners of Frontier and Golden Pride were on the list of Prop 8 donors. (He later retracted the comments, see below)

Duke City Fix freaked out that the gay marriage ban opposers at the blog would need to boycott Frontier.

Yet, I went through the list of Prop 8 donors, the thousands and thousands of them, and found no evidence of Dorothy or Larry Rainosek, the owners of Frontier, on either the support or oppose list. No Laurence or Lawrence Rainosek either.

Baca has retracted his previous post.
I have retracted and deleted comments that the owners of Frontier Restaurant contributed money to pass the ban on gay marriage in California. My source has not been able to come up with solid information. Although those owners contribute money to many anti abortion groups they have not apparently done so on the Proposition 8 issue. I sincerely apologize for putting out bad information and my fact checking should be better in the future. I trusted a source I could usually rely on and this is my mistake.
Kudos to Baca for coming clean. He could have went to New Zealand without ever changing his post. Of course, he should have noted the update on his original post.
Of course, the Rainoseks have given tens of thousands of dollars to federal campaigns over the past few cycles.

Larry Raisonek has given almost primarily to Republicans. Since the 2002 cycle, Larry Rainosek has given $22,150 to federal candidates. All but $2,300 were to Republicans (Pete Domenici, Heather Wilson and Darren White recently, with Ed Tinsley back in Tinsley's failed 2002 primary run).

In that same time period, Dorothy Rainosek has given $35,950 to federal campaigns and Political Action Committees. Of her money, all but a $1,500 check to Bill Richardson for President went to Republicans or their PACs, including $4,500 to the Republican Campaign Committee of New Mexico.

Baca also said the owners of Baillio's donated, but there was no Jack Baillio on the list; of course, Baillio's was sold earlier this year to Appliance World. Larry Nathan, the Appliance World CEO, was not on the list either.

But Brian Rule, owner of Blake's Lotaburger, was on the list of Prop 8 supporters. Also, Cinemark CEO Alan Stock donated to Yes on 8. Cinemark runs four theaters in Albuquerque.

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Comment by LP on November 17, 2008 at 5:50pm
i can disagree politically with a lot of people on things, but the Prop8 thing... I'm going to miss those Lotaburger breakfast burritos. But Smokehouse has some damned good ones.
Comment by tinsree on November 17, 2008 at 9:03pm
the fact that baca would even post this in the first place, based on complete word of mouth is a big let down for me. once you post the damage is done, a retraction doesn't reach every reader. shame on you mr. baca. bringing up other conservative contributions doesn't make it all right.
Comment by Scooter Says on November 17, 2008 at 10:44pm
Let's boycott anyone who donated to the republican party for the last 8 years. They supported the obliteration of our country.
Comment by Tricross on November 18, 2008 at 7:51am
While I do not agree entirely with Don's rant, he does have a valid perspective. To DCF's credit, they have established themselves as a reputable group of bloggers that have earned a place with the movers and shakers in Albuquerque's electronic media corps. With that comes some measure of responsibility. No longer can it be said that we are a group of bloggers and we have no control over what people post. DCF is above that now.

Just an observation.
Comment by Masshole in Fringecrest on November 18, 2008 at 8:40am
Jim Baca specifically JOINED DCF for the primary purpose of correcting his mistake. This must account for something. A mistake-free blog that hands down banishment for misquotes and misrepresentation is not realistic. A blog that does its best to clear up any inconsistencies or inconvenient falsehoods as quickly as possible, is something we should strive for.
Comment by cathyray on November 18, 2008 at 9:11am
Amen, Masshole!
Comment by Phil_0 on November 18, 2008 at 10:18am
Exactly, Masshole. Anyone want to try figuring out how many blog posts in the history of DCF have included at least one mistake or example of misinformation? Good luck with that...it's the fast-and-furious nature of the medium, and rather than attempting to railroad anyone who errs (Sophie's point above is well-taken, Don), we should support the folks, like Jim Baca, who rapidly and publically fact-check their own information and offer public retractions/apologies where necessary.
Comment by pepeye on November 18, 2008 at 10:22am
The question is not one of a mistake being made. Mistakes happen all the time. What matters is what you do about it. In this instance, Baca admittedly relied on a source he had past confidence in who turned out to be wrong. Baca owned up to it and corrected it.

That is called accountability and we need more of it in this country. So give the man a break already.
Comment by LP on November 18, 2008 at 11:03am
I think also it should be noted that within hours of the mistake, the blogosphere self-corrected itself.
Comment by Phunque1 on November 18, 2008 at 1:05pm
Jim, Jim, Jim,

I recall seeing Jim have a complete fit because he had to wait in line for a seat at a hotel restuarant during lunch back when he was in office, he ended up storming off upset off yelling " I'm the Mayor!" later someone from his office called to complain about it.

Fine example of leadership.

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