Fair Political Practices Commissions Launches Investigation Into Oakland City Council Candidate Peggy Moore’s Campaign
Oakland, CA—The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has announced it will launch an investigation into complaints filed against the campaign of Oakland City Council candidate Peggy Moore.
The investigation stems from a formal complaint filed on October 12, 2016 by Oakland City Council Member Rebecca Kaplan citing Moore’s failure to comply with California Political Reform Act’s mass mailing disclaimer requirements and sending false and misleading information to voters.
The Formal Complaint cites two mass mailings via electronic communication to voters in Oakland that failed to include the mandatory disclaimer information required under the Political Reform Act. The mass mailings were sent via email on August 26, 2016 and September 8, 2016. Neither included Moore’s disclosure information nor the words “Paid for by.” Both are required by law.
The mass communication sent to voters on August 26, 2106 included a poll sent by the research firm EMC Research claiming Moore was supported by Congresswoman Barbara Lee and State Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, neither of whom has endorsed Moore. This communication also did not include the required disclaimer. Moore later admitted her campaign paid for the mass mailing at the expense of $15,000.
The FPPC informed Kaplan on November 2, 2016 they will move forward with investigating the complaints submitted. Moore had filed a retaliatory complaint against the Kaplan campaign, but that complaint was closed by the FPPC this week with no finding of wrongdoing.
Kaplan has served as Oakland City Council At Large Member since 2008. For more information please visit www.KaplanForOakland.org