Kayser Campaign Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TODAY, MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011
Los Angeles (MARCH 21) --- Veteran teacher and charter reform commissioner Bennett Kayser has issued an ethics complaint against his potential run-off opponent Luis Sanchez for illegal fund-raising in anticipation of a general election for the LAUSD District Five open seat.
Kayser informed the Los Angeles Ethics Commission over the weekend of the violation after receiving an email from the Sanchez campaign soliciting contributions prior to the official certification of the March 8, 2011 election.
As of March 16, 2011, Sanchez has 48.50 percent, Kayser 34.78 percent, and John Fernandez with 15.70 percent. A fifty percent threshold must be met to avoid a run-off. The Los Angeles city clerk has 21 days after the election to certify.
“Violating ethics rules on fundraising demonstrates an arrogance of power that is consistent with the cynicism that this seat can be bought and paid for”, stated Kayser.
“Sanchez and his Wall Street supporters have already spent over $1 million to capture this seat,” declared Kayser, “and for that they could not achieve a majority of a low turnout election.”
Kayser demanded that the “Funds that Mr. Sanchez has collected should be turned over to the City's General Fund and used for purposes beneficial to the public at large” as punishment for the violations.
In his email to Jennifer Bravo of the City Ethics Commission, Kayser stated “I am requesting that you notify Mr. Sanchez that he is fraudulently soliciting funds for an election committee that cannot exist. As you said to me in a recent (3/18/11) phone conversation, there is no General Election until the City Clerk certifies that a runoff election is necessary for LAUSD's District #5 Board of Education seat.”
Mr. Sanchez has now violated the law at least twice. First, with his e-mail asking for more money from his contributors (sent earlier). And now, the "Luis Sanchez" website: http://www.sanchezforschoolboard.com/ has a "Contribute" link: http://www.sanchezforschoolboard.com/contribute.php which has instructions: "or to mail-in a contribution click here. " which leads to a form: http://sanchezforschoolboard.com/images/contribute.pdf, a business reply form to complete the contribution.
Kayser, 64, taught for 14 years at Marshall High School, King Middle, Irving Middle and City of Angels. He is the former Commissioner, 13th District, of the Elected Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission, former Echo Park Neighborhood Council vice-president and former president of the Federation of Hillside-Canyon Associations.