FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2014
ONTARIO, CA – Assemblyman Curt Hagman has filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission over the failure of a San Bernardino County union to report money spent on a mailer in the County Supervisor’s race.
Hagman’s complaint notes that the disclaimer on the mailer is deceitful, as it says: “paid for by the Public Attorneys Association”, and there is no record of a group with that name. Hagman stated that, “It is critical that voters have timely access to this information.”
“It is both unethical and illegal to hide campaign expenditures like this from the public. It is impossible to believe that the county attorneys don’t know what the laws are and don’t know the name of their own PAC,” Hagman said. “The leaders of this union are not above the law,” Hagman continued.
“People have a right to know how much money is being spent in an attempt to buy a seat on the County Board of Supervisors. The person elected will be one of five votes deciding how much union attorneys are paid”, Hagman concluded.
The Public Attorneys union is one of several unions spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in the effort to elect Gloria Negrete McLeod to be County Supervisor so she can vote their way on salary issues.
Campaign disclosure laws require prompt filing of any significant independent expenditure activity and since the attorneys union failed to follow those guidelines, the public has no way of knowing how much the attorney union is using to influence this election.