Former Oakland council candidate hit with $2,500 FPPC fine

FPPC appeared compelled to issue a larger fine against Peggy Moore's 2016 Oakland council campaign

AC Transit boardmember hasn’t filed campaign finance reports since 2010; faces $60k FPPC fine

AC Transit Board Director Mark WilliamsAC TRANSIT BOARD OF DIRECTORSAC Transit Board Director Mark Williams did not face a credible opponent during his 2014 re-election campaign. Yet, the two-term boardmember, who is also up for re-election this June, repeatedly failed to file campaign finance reports for more than four years.Later, this month, the state's Fair Political … Continue reading AC Transit boardmember hasn’t filed campaign finance reports since 2010; faces $60k FPPC fine

Fremont mayor, vice mayor, admit to violating state campaign finance rules

The FPPC will decide this week if Fremont Mayor Lily Mei will pay a $1,406 fine forviolating campaign finance rules.FREMONT CITY COUNCILFremont Mayor Lily Mei violated state election law after failing to report almost $24,000 in late campaign expenditures during the hard fought 2016 election, according to the state Fair Political Practices Commission. Mei, who upset incumbent … Continue reading Fremont mayor, vice mayor, admit to violating state campaign finance rules

Alameda council files FPPC complaint over mystery campaign mailers

Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog duringthe Dec. 6 council meeting.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |Just weeks before Election Day, some Alameda voters received highly negative mailers against Councilmember Tony Daysog. However, the mailers equating Daysog to Donald Trump and accusing him of participating in a pay-to-play scheme for campaign contribution. Notably, each failed to identify who was behind … Continue reading Alameda council files FPPC complaint over mystery campaign mailers

FPPC to investigate Peggy Moore’s Oakland council campaign mailings

Oakland at-large candidate Peggy Moore's campaignis being investigated by the FPPC.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | AT-LARGE |ELECTION 2016 |The California Fair Political Practices Commission announced Wednesday it is launching a formal investigation into a complaint against Oakland City Council at-large candidate Peggy Moore filed by her opponent Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan.The FPPC notified Kaplan of its intention … Continue reading FPPC to investigate Peggy Moore’s Oakland council campaign mailings

Renters’ groups file FPPC complaint against landlord lobby’s deceptive mailers

Tenant activists from Alameda, Richmond, andOakland speak in front of the East Bay Rental Housing Association offices in Hayward.RENT CONTROL |ELECTION 2016 |Renters' groups representing the six Bay Area cities slated to vote on various forms of rent control this November filed a complaint with the state Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Thursday claiming a mailer … Continue reading Renters’ groups file FPPC complaint against landlord lobby’s deceptive mailers

Hayward school trustee used district resources for his recent council campaign

Hayward school board member John Taylor is allegedto have misused school funds for his council campaign.HAYWARD | Hayward school board member John Taylor improperly used the school district's print shop to design and produce campaign materials for his recent run for the city council, according to an investigation by the Hayward school district.The investigation into … Continue reading Hayward school trustee used district resources for his recent council campaign

Email suggests Miley’s re-election campaign and IE supporting him is improperly coordinating efforts

A mailer from Pleasanton Families for SupervisorNate Miley, an IE supporting his re-election. ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | DISTRICT 4 |Earlier this month, a mysterious independent expenditures committee named “Pleasanton Families for Supervisor Nate Miley" surfaced without much funding or activity. However, campaign finance reports for the Independent Expenditure Committee, not yet easily accessible to the … Continue reading Email suggests Miley’s re-election campaign and IE supporting him is improperly coordinating efforts

Oakland council president may face $1,600 fine for campaign finance violation

Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney tooksix months to report more than $16,000 in campaign contributions.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Oakland City Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney did not report campaign finance reports for six months and for this she may face a $1,600 fine from the city’s Public Ethics Commission.Over a six month span from the beginning of 2014 … Continue reading Oakland council president may face $1,600 fine for campaign finance violation

Campaign nerves fray in contested State Senate race along with spendthrift IEs

STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | Big Labor was angling to slap a campaign finance complaint this week against the conservative Independent Expenditure (IE) committee backed by the Koch Brothers for failing to report the amount of money it spent for a web commercial in opposition of Susan Bonilla in the tight State Senate special … Continue reading Campaign nerves fray in contested State Senate race along with spendthrift IEs

Bonta, Wieckowski said aloha to notorious special interests junket

Twenty-five state lawmakers, including Bontaand Wieckowski, attended the expense-paid junketin Maui last November.LEGISLATURE | Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta and East Bay State Sen. Bob Wieckowski both received a special interests-funded junket in Maui last November totaling around $2,000 each, according to statement of economic interest disclosures released Tuesday.The trip were paid by the Independent Voter … Continue reading Bonta, Wieckowski said aloha to notorious special interests junket

Oakland City Council Amends Campaign Law; Makes No Mention of Kaplan

OAKLAND | CITY COUNCIL | There are limits to how much a candidate for office in Oakland can accept from an individual donor. It’s why the most common dollar amount on campaign finance reports is $700. However, until a loophole was closed by the Oakland City Council Tuesday night, candidates opening committees to support city … Continue reading Oakland City Council Amends Campaign Law; Makes No Mention of Kaplan

Inside the Hit Piece Last Summer Against Rebecca Kaplan

In late June, just as Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan was beginning her mayoral campaign, there came news of a particularly damning article in the Oakland Tribune alleging campaign finance rules may have been broken by her mayoral campaigns, this year and in 2010. The allegation Kaplan used money from a committee created to support a … Continue reading Inside the Hit Piece Last Summer Against Rebecca Kaplan

FPPC Clears Alameda County Democratic Central Committee of Wrongdoing

ALAMEDA COUNTY | The California Fair Political Practices Commission, the government body that oversees campaign ethics, cleared the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee of violating the state's Political Reform Act.“After completing our investigation, we found insufficient evidence of a violation of the Act, and we are closing our file on this matter,” said a letter … Continue reading FPPC Clears Alameda County Democratic Central Committee of Wrongdoing

Eric Swalwell Does His Best Dubya; Raises Terror Alert from Blue to Red

Wieckowski serves Peking Duck | Crazy, but Credible Allegation? | That Bonta Photo ShootCHAPTER 11 | Over a decade ago, the specter of terrorism again striking our shores was used to great effect by President George W. Bush. It kept Americans pliant to any and every whim of the Bush’s administration. Fear works. This week, … Continue reading Eric Swalwell Does His Best Dubya; Raises Terror Alert from Blue to Red