“They just told me to hand it out.”
In late August San Diego Gay and Lesbian News told you about the Caltrans work crew who stopped traffic to distribute campaign fliers opposed to Prop 6 gas tax repeal initiative.
The campaign flier passed out clearly contained prohibited “express advocacy” language such as “Vote NO on Prop 6” and the Caltrans work crew member is caught on video admitting he was “working with Caltrans” and “They just told me to hand it out.”
The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) launched an investigation into the No On 6 campaign.
When dozens of Yes on 6 supporters experienced and documented the work crew's blatant disregard for the law first-hand two weeks ago, the Yes on 6 campaign filed complaints with several California law enforcement agencies, spurring this latest investigation.
“There is absolutely no grey area here – Caltrans is caught in blatant violation of California law that prohibits the use of taxpayer funds for campaign activities or advocacy,” declared Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Yes on Prop 6 Gas Tax Repeal Initiative. “This proves once again that Caltrans simply cannot be trusted to do what is right with our gas tax funds – they literally are using gas tax funds to support the distribution of campaign materials to raise the gas tax on working families,” DeMaio noted.