Moving the Fight to my Home Field


As you know, I have been involved in an extended, four-year-long fight against the abusive practices of the FPPC, California's Fair Political Practices Commission. Their staff lawyers filed charges against me in 2016 over paperwork from the 2013 election, and then they attempted to coerce me into signing a stipulated agreement that required me to waive my right to due process of law. I wouldn't sign. I made the decision to make them do whatever they were going to do in full view of the public.

This is what they did: the FPPC approved a fine of $11,500 for paperwork filing errors, despite acknowledging that the all-volunteer campaign made a "good-faith effort" and "substantially complied" with the law. (You can read all the documents at www.ReformPoliticalReform.com.)

I retained attorneys to evaluate potential claims that I might have in federal court with the intention of challenging the constitutionality of the state law and regulations. The FPPC's selective enforcement of an excessively complex campaign finance law is creating an undue burden on the exercise of the First Amendment right to speak out against the government. The agency routinely imposes massive fines against grassroots political efforts while showing blatant favoritism to protect powerful incumbents. However, for technical reasons involving recent changes to the law, it was not possible to challenge the constitutionality of the state law and regulations in federal court. A challenge in state court was possible, but it would not accomplish anything of lasting significance for California. So I will move this fight to my own home field, and I will continue to expose the rot of cronyism and partisanship that has corrupted the enforcement of campaign finance law in California.

Meanwhile, their fine of $11,500 remains. If you would like to help defray the costs of war, your support is greatly appreciated. Donation links are below. Thank you.

With all good wishes,

Susan Shelley


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Legal info: Donations made here go to the Susan Shelley for Assembly 2014 campaign committee (FPPC ID #1355796), which is still open to pay lawyers working on this case. "GoFundMe" and similar types of fundraising are not permitted, according to the FPPC. Because this is a donation to a campaign committee, I am required by law to ask for your name, address, occupation and employer. (If retired, please list that as both an occupation and employer.) The contribution limit for individual donors is $8,200 ($4,100 for the June primary and $4,100 for the November general election). Contributions will be used to pay legal bills in connection with the FPPC case. Contributions in excess of legal limits will be returned. Please also note that as a journalist, I will return contributions that could create the appearance of a conflict of interest. Thank you.

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