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Re: “BREAKING NEWS: Big San Francisco Money Enters Oakland Council Race

And what money source are we talking here?..."Independent" Libby...ummm, raising close to 100k with over 40 developers,then taking $14k in public financing, and now you the ACDCC worked with a PAC to get a mailer sent out? And no legal disclosure? Doesnt Michael Calbruno head the ACDCC now? And he use to lead OAKPAC?? Whats your angle on this Bob?

Alameda County Democratic Central Committee Violates Oakland Campaign LawsExpenditure on Behalf of Candidate Libby Schaaf lacks required Disclosure
OAKLAND, Calif.- Yesterday, voters in Oakland City Council District 4 received a mailing from the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee (ACDCC) that did not contain the disclosure required by the Oakland Campaign Reform Act (OCRA). The true source of financing for the mailer in support of candidate Libby Schaaf is also in question because required campaign disclosure documents were not filed with the City Clerk’s office or the Secretary of State.

“As the former chair of the Oakland Public Ethics Commission, I believe it is imperative for everyone to follow campaign laws,” said Ralph Kanz, also a candidate for the District 4 office. “The Central Committee flyer does not have the required Notice to Voters disclosing both who paid for the mailer and how much it cost. Without this required information the voters are denied a transparent and ethical election process.”

On October 16 the ACDCC reported having $5,537.86 in the bank, far less than the costs reported for recent mailings comparable to the one supporting Schaaf. Late on October 28 the ACDCC did report to the Secretary of State that it had received a $15,000 contribution from OakPAC, the political arm of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. As of late yesterday afternoon neither OakPAC or the ACDCC had filed any reports with the City Clerk concerning this mailer or recent contributions.

Both OakPAC and the ACDCC endorsed Schaaf, but in the case of the ACDCC they have admitted that the endorsement process was corrupted. A September 13, 2010 email from Robin Torello, Chair of the ACDCC, to Kanz states “I am aware of one, and only one, instance in your race where unauthorized information was provided to a candidate. I do not know the source of the information or how the candidate received it.” In spite of knowing the process was corrupted, the ACDCC went forward with the process of endorsing a candidate.

“It is ironic that two days after Ms. Schaaf condemned an opponent who received the benefit of a legally reported independent expenditure, she has benefited from a mailer that violates OCRA and possibly State law as well,” said Kanz. “Monday morning I will be filing complaints concerning any and all violations surrounding this mailer. Leadership demands people who speak the truth. How candidates respond to this violation of the law speaks volumes about how they will lead the City.”

For Immediate Release, October 30, 2010
Contact: Ralph Kanz, (510) 507-1836

Posted by 2good2btru on 10/30/2010 at 11:37 AM

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