California Globe recently reported California Secretary of State Alex Padilla awarded a $35 million voter outreach contract with a “Team Biden” consulting firm with obvious ties to the Democratic Party.
Last week, state Republicans announced California State Controller Betty Yee rejected the Secretary of State’s contract with SKD Knickerbocker, a Washington, D.C.-based public affairs firm whose managing director is Anita Dunn, a senior advisor on Joe Biden’s presidential campaign and White House communications director under President Barack Obama.
The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association said Padilla has been spending millions of taxpayer dollars on this contract illegally. HJTA demanded the Secretary of State stop the spending immediately, and warned if the spending did not stop, they would seek immediate relief from the court.
“This can and will affect the outcomes of elections – indeed, that is what targeted ‘get out the vote’ is intended to achieve,” HJTA President Jon Coupal said. “From a governor who issues a sweeping executive order banning gasoline powered vehicles to record levels of poverty and rampant homelessness, it is now difficult to distinguish much of California from Venezuela.”
“One-party rule is also associated with corruption. Under normal circumstances, when government enters into contracts for goods and services with the private sector, taxpayers are protected against waste and fraud by a stringent oversight process mandated by state law. This includes a transparent bidding process to prevent cronyism.”
Jon Coupal announced Friday the HJTA filed suit against SOS Padilla, seeking an injunction against any further public spending on an unauthorized $35 million contract with a national political consulting firm, SKD Knickerbocker.
In an op ed with the Press Enterprise, Coupal explained in more detail:
“The contract is fraught with other problems as well.”
“Only a limited number of firms were approached to ‘bid’ on the advertising contract and the ‘invitation’ was directed only at partisan political consulting firms rather than traditional non-partisan advertising agencies. This process did not comply with the Public Contract Code as the required public notice was not provided.”
- Why are they hiding the contract?
- What’s in it?
- Why didn’t they clear it with the Department of Finance or the Controller’s Office first?
- And why play into Donald Trumps hand about the legitimacy of the election?
Coupal noted that the State Controller’s office rejected Padilla’s contract, saying the Secretary of State had not identified any budget authority to spend local assistance funds on its contract with consulting firm SKDKnickerbocker, as his office claimed. And, Secretary of State Padilla “has not been responsive to inquiries regarding his intentions about further spending on the invalid contract.”
“For that reason, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association filed a lawsuit against him on Friday. The lawsuit seeks an injunction against any further spending that has not been approved by the State Controller.”
Coupal correctly says, “California may be starting to resemble a third world country. But that doesn’t mean that citizens who remember how good California used to be have to put up with it.”