Congressman Campbell catches League of Cities in campaign finance scandal

The O.C. Register has revealed that the backers of the bogus eminent domain measure, Prop. 99, just might be using public funds to pay for their campaign.

Apparently Congressman John Campbell found out that the League of California Cities, the California State Association of Counties and the California Redevelopment Association may be using public funds for partisan campaigns and of concealing the identity of donors to their political action committees, which are funding Prop. 99. Kudos to Campbell for catching these anti property rights culprits in the act! Campbell also has a new blog where he writes about waste at the federal level.

Here are a few excerpts from the Register’s article:

Two initiatives on the June ballot promise to make the next election a confusing one.

Both measures claim to offer genuine “eminent domain” reform, but while one broadly forbids government from taking any private property and giving it to another private interest, the other only stops the seizure of owner-occupied homes.

In fact, the second measure, known as the Homeowners Protection Act or Proposition 99, is backed by groups who actually opposed eminent domain reforms in 2006. Yet, those same groups now portray themselves as the only true voice of reform.

Who would bankroll such a campaign?

Well, maybe you.

You see, supporters of the broadly written measure, the California Property Owners and Farmland Protection Act, or Proposition 98, believe the backers of Prop. 99 have devised a complex scheme to launder taxpayer dollars to use for political purposes.

“The evidence strongly suggests that public dollars are being used inappropriately,” said a statement from Orange County Congressman John Campbell, who co-authored a complaint to the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

Campbell, R-Irvine, as well as Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, and Trevor Grimm, attorney for the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles, finger some of the biggest and most influential public agency associations in their January complaint.

In it, they accuse the League of California Cities, the California State Association of Counties and the California Redevelopment Association of using public funds for partisan campaigns and of concealing the identity of donors to their political action committees.

Vote No on Prop. 99 – and Yes on Prop. 98!


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