Sign the Petition to Stop Political Slush Funds in Long Beach
The Long Beach Mayor and City Council have totally changed the purpose of "officeholder accounts" by voting to triple the amounts they can raise and by voting to allow the transfer of the officeholder accounts to political campaigns.
The voters of the City of Long Beach enacted campaign finance reform back in 1994 to try and stem the flow of special interest money into local elections and to "allow candidates and officeholders to spend a lesser proportion of their time on fund raising and a greater proportion of their time dealing with issues of importance to their constituents."
A measure should be placed on the ballot that allows voters to repeal officeholder accounts so elected officials can get back to spending time representing their constituents, instead of doing year-round fundraising.
It is ironic that last night the City Council without any
dissent, passed the City Budget in record time (even before all council
districts were able to hold public meetings on the budget) ignoring the
continued concerns of many residents about the lack of adequate police services
particularly in and around City parks and today an article (http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119249/fergusons-lesson-local-government-poses-real-threat-liberty)
appears in The Nation titled: The
Greatest Threat to Our Liberty Is Local Governments Run Amok.
The article rightly points out with the lack of strong local
media watchdogs and elections that are bought by special interests, local
elected officials have developed political monopolies and enact proposals that
do not reflect the concerns of their constituents: Political scientist Jessica Trounstine calls “political
monopoly”—officials and organizations who have so effectively defeated any
potential predators that they can lazily begin to gorge. She …
By the time this is published, the deadline to veto the
recently passed office holder account ordinance will have passed and it will
have become law.
The ordinance allows council members, the Mayor, City
Prosecutor, City Attorney and City Auditor, to raise funds for their
"office holder accounts" and then to contribute those funds to other
Mayor Robert Garcia should have vetoed this very bad law,
but he didn't.
The voters of the City of Long Beach enacted campaign
finance reform back in 1994 to try and stem the flow of special interest money
into local elections and to "allow
candidates and officeholders to spend a lesser proportion of their time on fund
raising and a greater proportion of their time dealing with issues of
importance to their constituents."
The Long Beach Campaign Reform Act was the brain-child of
the Long Beach Area Citizens Involved (LBACI that also moved the City to form
council districts instead of elec…