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Real-estate agents need not apply

Posted: March 14, 2008 5:50 p.m.
Updated: May 12, 2008 5:01 a.m.
 
To the Editor:

A note to all real-estate professionals who are aspiring to public office: think again. The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) investigation against Santa Clarita City Councilman Bob Kellar is a stark reminder of government's intrusions into the private affairs of those seeking elected office.

The issue that has launched the FPPC investigation centers around an invasive requirement of candidates to list the personal information of persons who pay $10,000 or more toward the privately earned income of a candidate in any given year. By requiring the private customers of candidates seeking office to essentially be registered with the state's authority on elections, the FPPC has created a playing field where successful real-estate agents (and other who are paid on commission) are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to running for elected office.

Because this Catch-22 scenario has been seized upon by a longtime critic of the councilman, just as he is running for his third and final term in office, the FPPC has made it a priority to start up an investigation.
This is a hyper-partisan decision when contrasted with other complaints that the FPPC has received on other cases.

For example, two Palmdale County Water District directors noted back in 2007 that they had witnessed a fellow board director passing out International Brotherhood of Electrical Worker pamphlets while on assignment at a conference being paid for by the rate-payers of the Palmdale Water District.

The FPPC declined to investigate the obvious conflict of interest with that particular "political practice."


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