AD15: Wicks offering temp workers $16.50/hr to walk literature this weekend

Buffy Wicks’ well-financed 15th Assembly District campaign has long touted itself as a true grassroots campaign. But as the final weekend of a long campaign nears, Wicks is using a job recruiting firm to round up workers to deliver her campaign literature to voters in some Contra Costa County cities.

The campaign, which has spent $1 million of its own money this election year, is offering to pay its workers handsomely.

A job posting Friday from the recruiting firm Robert Half says Wicks’ campaign is offering $16.50 an hour for workers place door-hangers and campaign literature on doorsteps anytime from Friday to Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Potential hires must be willing to walk up to five hours and deliver an average of 50 pieces per person, according to the job posting.

Hiring temporary workers is not completely unique, especially during the final weekend before Election Day.

Furthermore, a campaign like Wicks’ certainly has cash to burn. But the use of well-paid temporary workers undermines a long contention by Wicks that her campaign is powered by enthusiastic crew of supporters.

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