The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), the Democrat-created ethics committee for elections in California voted Thursday to reverse its long-standing rule restricting campaign limits on donations from elected officials in recall elections.
The goal is to help State Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) save his seat from a recall election.
Earlier this week, an appellate judge shut down the Democrats efforts’ to rig the recall election process by moving the date to next year, making Thursday’s FPPC vote much more significant. But the vote to change the rule — which was fast-tracked to aid Newman — was not unanimous, according to the Sacramento Bee:
Chair Jodi Remke was the only dissenting commissioner in the final vote on Thursday. She previously cautioned against the decision, saying it could be seen as a political move that damages the agency’s reputation.
There is sure to be a the deluge of money from the California GOP and other interested parties hoping to unseat Newman. And now, he is sure to pull in millions from his well-heeled Democrat colleagues, some of whom have amassed massive war chests.
Instead of being limited to a mere $4,400, existing officeholders will be able to funnel unlimited funds from their own campaign accounts into his recall campaign, putting yet another brick in the wall protecting incumbents from virtually any challenge.
Democrats have controlled the FPPC since the board’s creation, and its seats are appointed by Democrats, including the governor, and other state leaders, all of whom are Democrats.
In spite of the concerns that the chairwoman had about the appearance of political favoritism, there is not likely to be a public outcry, since the general public is generally unaware of the insider machinations of state politics.