Just to be clear, here are my thoughts on the Simi Valley City Council Campaign Finance questions that have come to light recently. When asked, I’ll usually quickly answer that the best way to bring any questions to a close regarding contributions is to return the money and be done with it. That’s not happening in the case of Barbra Williamson, where both the Ventura County Star and now the Simi Valley Acorn have reported questions regarding her campaign disclosures. Returning the money without a ruling on whether or not the contributions are acceptable might suggest a guilty conscience which I’m pretty sure Ms. Williamson does not have. I know when this first came out, she was pretty adamant that she had done nothing wrong and disclosed quite clearly what she accepted. In short, she shouldn’t really be expected to return the contributions unless it’s officially confirmed that she can’t. She’s indicated that she believes they are on the up and up, so the ball is now in the city attorney’s court.
Having said all of that, take a look at the contributions yourself to get a better feel for what everyone is talking about.
Check back soon. I’m compiling a couple of videos, one of which is directly related to this issue. There are some interesting ideas out there on how best to handle the question of campaign finance reform.