The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has filed a complaint today (2) with the Fair Political Practices Commission charging that Los Angeles County is illegally using taxpayer money to fund political ads touting Measure H, a sales tax increase. Additionally, HJTA has submitted a request under the Public Records Act to determine both the extent and cost of the unlawful activity.
The courts have ruled “use of the public treasury to mount an election campaign which attempts to influence the resolution of issues which our Constitution leaves to the ‘free election’ of the people (see Const., art. II, § 2) … presents a serious threat to the integrity of the electoral process.” Stanson v. Mott (1976) 17 Cal.3d 206, 218.
“Clearly, the county’s expenditure of public resources to advance Measure H violates core democratic principles by presenting unbalanced advocacy,” said HJTA President Jon Coupal.