The State of California is investigating L.A. County for running ads that seemed to promote Measure H, the so-called homeless tax ballot measure.
Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association President Jon Coupal says the County spent a million dollars for a slick campaign that was biased in favor of passing the measure.
“(The ads were) produced not by some nonprofit group but produced by a political consulting firm, so it was clearly political advocacy using taxpayer dollars. And that is what is offensive and that is what is illegal.”
He says all you had to do was look at the ads.
“They were not informational. They were clearly political advocacy and in the law that is the distinction. It is permissible for a city, for example, if it sends out an informational piece about keeping the streets clean. That’s fine. But as soon as a government entity says vote yes or vote no, or presents something that is so one-sided, that is a violation, not only of California statutory law, it is also a violation of the First Amendment because it involves compelled speech. We brought this to the attention of the Political Fair Practices Commission and they announced that they are commencing an investigation and that investigation is ongoing.”
The measure was approved with 69.3% of votes in favor. It needed at least two-thirds to pass.
Coupal was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning.
By Sandy Wells