Scientology Meddling into Shastina Sandman’s US Congressional Campaign

Shastina Sandman is running in the GOP primary to nominate the Republican candidate for Congress in the 48th District of California. As part of her platform, Shastina opposes the widespread psychiatric drugging of children.

Upon learning of her position on psychiatric medications, Scientology sent in an operative from its notorious front group Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR). The operative made it a point to attend a political event he knew Shastina would be attending. There, he gave her a CCHR package of materials.

The CCHR operative never disclosed to he that he was a Scientologist or that CCHR was a part of Scientology. Shastina thereafter discussed and supported CCHR on her podcast. Scientology’s goal is to surreptitiously infiltrate itself into various sectors of society through its front groups.

More information on Scientology’s nefarious front groups is contained in our articles:

How Scientology hooks public officials on its addictive anti-drug front

What Scientology “Social Betterment” Groups are Really All About

It was only when Shastina pressed the CCHR operative about the group’s sources of funding that she learned CCHR was a part of the Church of Scientology. Outraged that she had been misled and lied to by the Church of Scientology, she broke off relations with CCHR.

In the podcast, Shastina also discusses Scientologist Joy Villa and Joy’s foray into politics. Of note is Joy Villa’s insistence that she is a Christian and a Scientologist when, in fact, Scientology does not allow its members to engage in other practices and considers all other religions to be implants. Jeffrey and Shastina also discuss Dr. Sebastian Gorka’s very dim view of Joy Villa.

Shastina Sandman and Jeffrey Augustine at the IE event.

The CCHR agent who meddled in Shastina’s campaign efforts is a long-time Scientologist named Clay Bock. In his 2016 story, VIDEO: City council candidate exposed as Scientology spy in live public hearing, Tony Ortega described how former Scientologist Pauline Lombard outed Clay Bock as a Scientologist who stalked and harassed a Scientology critic. This occured during a Garden Grove City Council meeting. At the time Bock was running for Garden Grove City Council. In the video below we see Pauline describing the harassment she and Bock engaged in at the behest of the Church of Scientology:

In this next video we see Clay Bock stammering and stuttering in reply. Rather than admit he engaged in his harassment, Bock — in typical Scientology style — plays the martyr and claims that his “religion” is being attacked:


  1. Jeff, great job in digging up a story that is small in the overall scheme of things when taken by itself, but worrisome if this is evidence of a larger trend of Scientology becoming more politically active. The more of the stories that you and everyone else are able to identify as they are happening , the better the odds that we will be able to ensure that Scientologists are held to account to being truthful when they’re running for office.

    Of course, we know that Scientologists are incapable of being truthful when they venture into the political arena. The Inevitable lack of candor, coupled with the pre-existing suspicions of Scientologists based on all the bad press over the last few years, should be enough to keep them out of office … But it all starts with identifying them and holding them to account, as you’re doing here.

    Of course, you are doing a great job in handling things properly: you are not criticizing the beliefs of Scientology as a religion. If Scientologists want to believe that the primary goal in life is to exorcise the ghosts of dead space cooties that invisibly cling to their skin, they are free to do that.

    On the other hand, holding them to account for what their beliefs require them to do in the public sphere as far as psychiatry and all the rest, is fair and appropriate. When you do what you have done here , pointing out with impeccable logic and well-researched source documents, they will not be able to make their usual claims of discrimination and bigotry; these will fall flat and ultimately backfire.

  2. Fav quote, that just about sums up his stance….

    “…and deals with, for instance, 8 million children in America on psychiatric drugs, um, electric shock treatments still taking place, even at St. Joe’s, 450 volts of electricity through people’s heads, destroying their – their, their brain or their functions… actually, you know I had no idea Pauline would be here….”

    Nice, Clay. Looking forward to seeing the backup to all of the comments before, “I had no idea Pauline would be here….”, which itself is comically obvious.

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