By Jack Dean | It seemed to me that State Senator John Moorlach must have been opening my home snail-mail when I read these paragraphs in his recent commentary in the Daily Pilot titled, Public employee union donations pose a conflict:
“When unions can fund the campaigns of their potential bosses, it can only lead to the granting of overly generous and unsustainable compensation packages. Such is the result of this allowable, yet unconscionable, conflict of interest.
“There are two major areas that public sector unions focus on. The first is collective bargaining unit contract negotiations. The second is participating in the election process and contributing to candidates that will be favorable to their first priority. This is done by contributing directly to those candidates, or through independent expenditures on their behalf, like mailing magnets in the shape of firefighter helmets with the names of their endorsed slate of candidates to voters.“
If you received one of these in your mail, put it on your refrigerator to remind you which candidates NOT to vote for.
As Moorlach says: “Until public employee unions take ownership of the fiscal havoc they have created, we need to avoid voting for their anointed candidates. Or we will dig a hole so deep that our children will resent us for letting it happen in front of our eyes. And with our votes.”
I haven’t received a refrigerator magnet with candidate Jesus Silva’s name on it, but if you review the campaign reports on the city’s website, you’ll find that he has been the beneficiary of more than $10,000 in independent expenditures by Fullerton’s police union.
If you are interested in seeing which candidates are being supported financially by our city’s public employee unions, Matt Leslie has provided an excellent “how to” post on his Fullerton Rag blog.