Thursday, October 26, 2006

Oakland Mayor-elect Ron Dellums To Hold Press Conference, According to Aimee Allison

By Will Harper
Thu, Oct 26, 2006 at 3:23 PM

Sir Mayor-elect Ron Dellums will be condemning a federal judge's recent decision to suspend Oakland's campaign spending limits Thursday at 11 a.m. in front of City Hall. Funny thing is that His Royal Mayorness didn't send out the first press release announcing his own event-Aimee Allison's campaign did.

This is a Dellums press event, right? Yes it is, confirms Dellums spokeswoman Deborah Ford-Campbell. The Allison campaign just beat her to the send button, she says, adding that several candidates and elected officials have been invited to speak including Allison's opponent Pat Kernighan. Dellums has not endorsed either Allison or Kernighan.

The Allison campaign press release follows.

    Dellums Speaking Out Against "Undemocratic" Election Spending Mayor-Elect Denouncing Unlimited Spending on Pat Kernighan's Behalf in District Two City Council Race

    WHAT: Press Conference WHERE/WHEN: 11AM, Oakland City Hall WHO: Mayor-elect Ron Dellums; Candidates for the District Two seat and other elected officials have been invited.

    Tomorrow morning at 11AM, Mayor-elect Ron Dellums will hold a press conference to denounce as "undemocratic" the recent suit brought by OakPAC to spend unlimited amounts on any candidate. This is a rare public appearance for Dellums, and one of his first press events since June.

    Dellums will be joined by District Two City Council Candidate Aimee Allison (Incumbent Pat Kernighan has also been invited) at the press conference.

    The press conference is in reaction to a recent ruling overturning parts of the Oakland Campaign Finance Reform Act, which allows OakPAC, a pro-big business and developer group in Oakland, to make unlimited independent expenditures on behalf of any candidate. OakPAC has pledged to spend $116,000 in the last three weeks primarily to defeat District Two challenger Aimee Allison - over $100 per resident in the district.

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