I received an e-mail announcing Councilwoman Michele Martinez’s last minute push to raise money before the deadline, which is today, and also announcing her upcoming event next week. You can read the flier HERE. Notice anything wrong?
The flier asks you to call the Santa Ana City Clerk, Maria Huizar, if you have any questions regarding donations to Councilwoman Martinez. Now I am not the biggest campaign finance expert in the world, but I have the sneaky suspicion that is ILLEGAL to use the City Clerk as your personal Treasurer. In fact isn’t that what she is paying the David L. Gould Company to do? Any questions regarding campaign finance laws should be directed to the campaign treasurer, not the City Clerk. She is essentially using Ms. Huizar at the taxpayer expense to instruct potential donors on campaign finance rules.
No councilmember has been that blatant. SO I wonder, was this just a simple oversight? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out you can’t use city officials for campaign purposes. Looks like it’s back to Campaign Finance 101 for you, Michele.