By Paul Ingvaldsen / Staff Writer
Political Action Committees are not allowed to collaborate with a candidate’s committee, lest the candidate run afoul of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission’s Enforcement Division.
Recently re-elected LBCC Trustee Jeff Kellogg alleges just such an event occurred in a sworn complaint against his opponent, Marshall Blesofsky.
Blesofsky lost the April 8 election. Attempts to reach Blesofsky for comment were unsuccessful.
Janet Hund and Emily Gehrman, LBCC faculty members, were named in the complaint and were unavailable for comment.
Kellogg alleges political fliers were distributed door to door on Feb. 22-23, by individuals associated with and paid for by the LBCC Community College Association PAC.
A disclaimer at the bottom of the flier stated: “Not authorized by a candidate or candidate controlled committee.”
However, on the reverse side of the flier, it lists a candidate’s contact information and an invitation to meet the candidate at a specific day, time and location. “The flier,” the complaint alleges, “was dropped in multiple neighborhoods with different day, time and location, to have ‘coffee with the candidate’ which indicates a clear collaboration between the candidate and this committee in authorizing, scheduling and promoting these events.”
The candidate contact information is listed as: “The Committee to Elect Dr. Blesofsky for LBCC Trustee 2014.”