Taxpayers’ Group Files Sworn Complaint with FPPC Over City Use of Public Funds to Campaign for Measure M
- The City of Long Beach violated the Political Reform Act by producing and mailing tens of thousands of copies of direct mail at government expense, titled “Common Questions and Answers on Measure M”:
- More specifically, the direct mail pieces (attached) were not a fair representation of facts in as much the mail pieces:
- Mayor Robert Garcia and Councilmembers Suzie Price, Rex Richardson and Dee Andrews violated the Political Reform Act by:
- Sending emails, texts and tweets to voters on computers and cellphones paid for at government expense, with messages advocating for passage of the measure and specifically misleading voters with statements that the measure “is not a tax,” that the transfers would only be on “surplus funds, ” and that the measure “would not raise your utility rates.”(see attached).
- Complainant sent a letter to the Long Beach City Attorney requesting that these individuals be directed to stop and was informed that a privileged letter was issued by the City Attorney on the matter (see attached). However, those messages were forwarded to others by voters using social media.