August 13, 2018 – Former Councilmember Gerrie Schipske today announced that she is filing paperwork necessary to launch a new political action committee that will raise and spend money to fight for open, transparent and accessible local government. She issued the following statement:
“In 1994, the voters of Long Beach approved a ‘Campaign Reform Act,” because of their concern that:
Monetary contributions to political campaigns are a legitimate form of participation in the political process, but the financial strength of certain individuals or organizations should not permit the exercise of a disproportionate or controlling influence on the election of candidates…The integrity of the governmental process, the competitiveness of campaigns and public confidence in local officials are all diminishing.
Today, many voters are concerned about how the ‘Campaign reform Act’ has been weakened by this Mayor and this City Council and how we are seeing the growing power of special interests in our City which contribute tens of thousands of dollars for candidates and ballot measures. Consequently, this Mayor and this City Council continue to raise taxes, to increase and consolidate their power and to further weaken the City’s ‘Campaign Reform Act’.
Voters supporting open, transparent and accessible local government need a way to reach other voters to stop these actions. A political action committee will provide this way by raising and spending money to reach voters with the information they need to make good decisions at the ballot box.
OpenUpLongBeach.com/Political Action will be a general purpose, local political action committee. Our Treasurer will be David Gould, a seasoned political consultant on campaign finance.
We are setting up an on-line secure link so that contributors can make contributions safely on-line. Contributions can always be sent to: OpenLongBeach.com/political action, c/o David Gould, 249 E. Ocean Blvd., Suite 685, Long Beach, CA 90802. Contributions are not tax deductible.”
Contact: Gerrie Schipske: 562 201-1296 and firstname.lastname@example.org.