State Ethics Agency Opens Inquiry Into Supervisor’s Mailers

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The state Fair Political Practices Commission has opened an inquiry into county-funded mailers sent by First District Supervisor Andrew Do, according to a letter sent by the watchdog agency Wednesday.

Garden Grove councilman Phat Bui, who is running against Do for supervisor in the June primary, filed a complaint last month alleging several mailers sent by Do were in violation of the state’s Mass Mailing Act, which generally prohibits elected officials from printing references to themselves on publicly funded mass mailers.

Bui’s campaign released a letter Thursday morning from FPPC Enforcement Chief Galena West confirming that the agency has opened an investigation into his complaint. The investigation was also confirmed by FPPC spokesman Jay Wierenga.

Voice of OC reported last month on mailers sent by Do and Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, which use the names of the supervisor three times: in a return address, letterhead, and again to invite residents to join their supervisor at the event.

Although the Mass Mailing Act does provide exceptions where referencing an elected official is allowed, the mailers raised concerns about how many references would be too many.

Auditor-Controller Eric Woolery held up payments for the mailers for about a week out of concerns that the mailers violated state law, although he released the payments after a meeting with County Counsel Leon Page.

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  • LFOldTimer

    Woolery is nothing more than a paper tiger. He fell right into the fold after Page took him to the woodshed. The FPPC won’t do squat. It’s a phony agency run by the one-party system. Only suckers think the FPPC a independent political watchdog.

    Face it, folks. Your entire system is rotten to the core. Complain all you want. It won’t change a thing. But be sure to go to the polls and vote next election. That’ll produce change. ha.

    Until you realize that the GOP-Democrat paradigm is the biggest scam since snake oil you’re in for more of the same.

  • OCservant_Leader

    I see AC Eric Woolery has since backed off protecting the public’s treasury from unlawful campaigning by the BOS.

    His sit down County Counsel (AKA the BOS’ private counsel) Leon Page, must have been quite threatening to get him to get in line with the scam.

  • John Claxton

    Rule 79 exemption!

  • Paul Lucas

    whats the point? even if they find wrong doing they dont levy any significant penalties just ask miguel pulido who had to share his ill gotten gains with the fppc.

    • Kathleen Tahilramani

      The point is…there is no point…it is pointless – you are spot on the will be no consequences. Nada.

  • Kathleen Tahilramani

    Hope Page gave the correct ….ok let’s call it “direction”….. -vs- pressure.