Posted by looks like violation, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Nov 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm
Misuse of Public Resources
The Political Reform Act prohibits public
financing of campaigns, except for elections
in charter cities and counties.
In addition, laws outside the Act prohibit the
use of public resources, such as office
equipment, staff time, etc., for campaign or
personal purposes. (Gov. Code Section
8314; Penal Code Section 426.)
It appears that the Town of Atherton mailed the letter paying the expenses for what was a political attack on a legitimate Politcal Action Committee registered by the AOPA
This appears to be against the law.
Government Code Section 54964 prohibits
an officer, employee or consultant of a local
agency from expending or authorizing the
expenditure of any local agency funds to
support or oppose a ballot measure or a
In addition California Penal Code 424-440 covers the same subject in a different manner when a elected representative uses public money for political use and gain.
I think the San Mateo District Attorney should investigate the expenditures made by the Mayor.