In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote, "Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed." In order to have such "consent of the governed" and as an American people, we demand fair and honest elections and campaigns, for true consent of the governed cannot be given if would-be politicians conduct their campaigns dishonestly and in violation of the laws established by the state legislature. Always believing the best in people, we assume that our local officials are honest and play by the rules until proven otherwise. The coordinated campaign by Nevada County and the proponents of Measure V clearly demonstrates the "otherwise."
While we have discussed the historical underpinnings of Nevada County's misuse of taxpayer dollars to send the electorate campaign mailers in support of Measure V here, it turns out that, indeed, the use of taxpayer dollars for campaign material is also illegal. In fact, the Fair Political Practice Commission ("FPPC") is investigating both Nevada County and the political action committee supporting Measure V ("Yes on V") for violations of the California Fair Political Practices Act.
In short and in violation of the law, Nevada County has used taxpayer dollars to send mass mailers to the local electorate in support of Measure V, to air advertisements on the radio, and to place additional advertisements in local print media. In fact, the County and Yes on V are unethically (perhaps illegally) coordinating their efforts in support of Measure V.
On the very same day that the FPPC notified Nevada County and Yes on V that they are being investigated for campaign finance violations, Yes on V issued a press release falsely alleging that opponents of Measure V are stealing yard signs which support the measure and that the opposition to Measure V is racist. Yep. If you oppose the additional sales tax to the general fund effort known as Measure V, then you must not like people of color and are a racist. Linking racism to an effort to oppose a sales tax clearly demonstrates the desperation of Yes on V. They are losing. They know that they are losing. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so the hopeless scream racism about a sales tax measure.
As has been proven again and again in connection with Measure V, neither Nevada County nor Yes on V has been honest in conducting their campaign in support of Measure V. In fact, both Nevada County and Yes on V have coordinated their messaging and violated election and campaign finance laws repeatedly over the past months. Like you, we stand proudly against an out-of-control local government and a campaign committee that both struggle to follow the law and to be honest with the voters. Send a message to the County that we will not tolerate being lied to and will not be manipulated by the coordinated campaign of Nevada County and the proponents of Measure V. Vote NO on V.
Their fun "illegal" signs are resting comfortably at the Caltrans warehouse. What a bunch of boobs.ReplyDelete
I know, right?! Follow the law and Caltrans won't take down your signs. Seems simple, but the Yes on V folks are legally challenged.Delete