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Tim Haider Comments on the Race for Tustin City Council

Tustin, CA, October 18, 2010 --( Tim D. Haider of TDH & Associates, LLC is running for Tustin City Council in the upcoming November 2, 2010 election. He’s made the following comments to his constituency regarding campaign donations…

"My Tustin constituents and fellow Californians, I am a candidate in the 2010 race for Tustin City Council. As such, I have been running what many might consider to be a non-conventional campaign (based on today’s political standards). More specifically, I have chosen not to take any type of political/organizational endorsements from any type of special interest group whatsoever. Instead, I have taken only personal endorsements. Along with this nonconventional practice, I have also chosen not to accept any monetary donations from any group or individual. Instead, I am self-funding my campaign. I have chosen this position so that there are no misunderstandings or misrepresentations as to my loyalties, if elected into office. It is my strong belief that these contributions and/or endorsements adversely affect how decisions get made in public office. Instead, I stand on my education, business experience, and character to influence your vote.

"My reason for this message is not to appear self-righteous, but rather to challenge everyone who votes in this election to understand who is really running for office behind the candidate. In California, campaign contribution information is required to be made readily available and accessible to any citizen (anonymously) in any public election. This process is governed by the Fair Political Practices Commission. An example of this documentation has been posted on my own campaign website for the 2010 Tustin City Council candidates ( I encourage you to read this information. As you do so, do not be afraid to look behind the people listed as donors. Many times organizational donations get funneled through individual contributors, masking their true identity.

"I bring this issue to your attention because our state is in crisis and we need better leadership in all levels of government to avoid even more pitfalls in our economic recovery. Moreover, it is important that each one of us, as educated voters, understand the hidden loyalties of the candidates before they get elected. To do so, I challenge everyone to exercise your right and obtain these required disclosures in each of your respective cities so we can proactively prevent the unscrupulous cronyism and political favoritism associated with special interest groups running our public offices. Now more than ever, we need people with integrity elected into office. There are tough decisions to be made ahead and we need leaders who are of sound character making good decisions in the best interest of all the people.

"Just remember… when you cast your vote this election cycle, do not be swayed by the quantity of political/organizational endorsements that you might see next to a candidates name, or the number of signs located throughout a city, but rather the quality and character of the candidate that is being represented."

About Tim D. Haider:
Tim is an 18-year veteran in project, program, and portfolio management. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. His professional work experience has included leading cross-functional projects and programs for some of our nation's strongest companies. Tim's career has included work in professional sports, digital media, wireless communications, petroleum, medical devices, environmental consulting, transportation, and public safety. He is the author of Successful Project Management: The Top 260 Things that Every Great Project Manager Should Know and Practice. He is the founder and principal of TDH & Associates LLC, a project management consultancy in Orange County, California. He writes a column for and is a leading contributor of, an online education portal for project management professionals.

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Tim Haider, MBA, PMP, SCPM

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