24 October 2014
Fair Political Practices Commission
428 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-2329
Via: Email address: email@example.com
To Whom it May Concern,
The Political Reform Act has been the rule of Law in the State of California since 1974, through the years it has been updated and candidates, officeholders and committees have been under these rules since that time. The people of the State wants to know who is financing the campaigns and whom is trying to buy elections and for what purpose.
The Fair Political Practices Commission is the rightful arbiter of stated “Act” and is the body to receive complaints to possible infractions or criminal activity of the “Act”.
In the November 2014 election for the South San Francisco Unified School District Board of Trustees, there are three candidates Patrick Lucy (appointed Incumbent), Rosa Acosta (Assistant to the City Manager) and John Baker (City Commissioner, City of South San Francisco) for lack of better verbiage (The Slate) who were recruited or coaxed into running for “The Board” by South San Francisco Council Members Carol Matsumoto and Liza Normandy who have “controlled” candidates at the earliest by recruitment, holding a “meet and greet” at Historical Old Molloys Bar in Colma, and obtained endorsements for “slate” by calling or meeting with local politicians and local unions to secure stated endorsements.
The above actions are probably not anything more than common campaign practices. However, on October 18, 2014 voters in the district received a color brochure touting the “slate” and had a notation “FPPC pending” notation on the brochure. It is clear that the amount spent on stated brochure was more than the $1,000 limit that can be spent by an outside committee without disclosures. As nearly all print and mail houses require pre-payment, I would suggest to the Commission that monies were raised by this committee prior to having the brochure designed, printed and mailed. It would be my contention that Council Members Matsumoto and Normandy either broke the law or worked to skirt FPPC disclosure statues.
Furthermore, the address that was used as the address for stated committee was the home of the former South San Francisco Police Chief Mark Raffaelli, who is openly supporting candidate Rick Ochsenhirt. Mr. Ochsenhirt called the former Chief who told him that Council Member Matsumoto “asked to use his address” and that he “did not support” the slate. It is somewhat interesting that the South San Francisco Police Department’s Union endorsed the “slate” without holding an endorsement hearing nor having a vote of the “rank and file” members.
I would state by using the address of former Chief Raffaelli’s home address as the “committee’s address” is a violation of the FPPC rules and is used by Council Member Matsumoto to “hide and deceit” the voters of the district of the involvement of Matsumoto and Normandy to have undue influence into the “Board” activities.
The people of the South San Francisco Unified School District need and deserve to know Council Members Matsumoto and Normandy’s source of funds for their committee. I believe that the following FPPC rules have been broken and should be thoroughly investigated. I believe that slate candidates Baker, Acosta and Lucy should also be investigated for what they knew and when they knew that the contributions had been spent on their behalf and if stated committee had legally “informed” of the contributions and why they did not “report” stated expenditures on their behalf.
Because, I am not an attorney nor an expert on FPPC laws, codes and/or rules or regulations. I would like the further codes looked at in regards to stated expenditure of brochure and anything else you may find askew.
Michael S. Murray
§84102. Statement of Organization; Contents.
The statement of organization required by Section 84101 shall include all of the following:
- The name, street address, and telephone number, if any, of the committee. In the case of a sponsored committee, the name of the committee shall include the name of its sponsor. If a committee has more than one sponsor, and the sponsors are members of an industry or other identifiable group, a term identifying that industry or group shall be included in the name of the committee.
- In the case of a sponsored committee, the name, street address, and telephone number of each sponsor.
- The full name, street address, and telephone number, if any, of the treasurer and any other principal officers.
- (1) A committee with more than one principal officer shall identify its principal officers as follows: (A) A committee with three or fewer principal officers shall identify all principal officers.
§ 84203.3. Late In-Kind Contributions.
(a) Any candidate or committee that makes a late contribution that is an in-kind contribution shall notify the recipient in writing of the value of the in- kind contribution. The notice shall be received by the recipient within 24 hours of the time the contribution is made.
(b) Nothing in this section shall relieve a candidate or committee that makes a late in-kind contribution or the recipient of a late in-kind contribution from the requirement to file late contribution reports pursuant to Section 84203. However, a report filed by the recipient of a late in- kind contribution shall be deemed timely filed if it is received by the filing officer within 48 hours of the time the contribution is received.
§ 84203. Late Contribution; Reports.
(a) Each candidate or committee that makes or receives a late contribution, as defined in Section 82036, shall report the late contribution to each office with which the candidate or committee is required to file its next campaign statement pursuant to Section 84215. The candidate or committee that makes the late contribution shall report his or her full name and street address and the full name and street address of the person to whom the late contribution has been made, the office sought if the recipient is a candidate, or the ballot measure number or letter if the recipient is a committee primarily formed to support or oppose a ballot measure, and the date and amount of the late contribution. The recipient of the late contribution shall report his or her full name and street address, the date and amount of the late contribution, and whether the contribution was made in the form of a loan. The recipient shall also report the full name of the contributor, his or her street address, occupation, and the name of his or her employer, or if self-employed, the name of the business.
§ 84204. Late Reports.
(a) A committee that makes a late independent expenditure, as defined in Section 82036.5, shall report the late independent expenditure by facsimile transmission, guaranteed overnight delivery, or personal delivery within 24 hours of the time it is made. If a late independent expenditure is required to be reported to the Secretary of State, the report to the Secretary of State shall be by online or electronic transmission only. A late independent expenditure shall be reported on subsequent campaign statements without regard to reports filed pursuant to this section.