When politicians allegedly misuse taxpayer money, it’s bound to cause a stir. This has been a primary concern in 2020, too, as lots of stimulus cash has been pumped into the country.
Now, a top California Democrat official – and a firm linked to presumed president-elect Joe Biden – might be involved in the latest accusation of wrongdoing.
It comes in the state of California, where Republicans are challenging Secretary of State Alex Padilla.
They’re demanding a probe into a supposedly suspicious contract, which is also linked to the Biden campaign. And it also involves a fair amount of taxpayer money.
The accusations come hot on the heels of another set of lockdown orders in California, which will undoubtedly raise the cry for more stimulus help.
But is all that stimulus money going to the right places?
That’s the question GOP members want answered. From Fox News:
Republicans on the House Oversight and House Administration Committees are demanding answers from California Secretary of State Alex Padilla about a ‘highly questionable’ $35 million contract his office awarded to a firm linked to the Biden campaign, claiming it was a ‘misuse of taxpayer money and a violation of the law.’
According to House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer (R-KY), and several other Republicans, Padilla’s office needs to be questioned.
These GOP reps claim Padilla used Help America Vote Act (HAVA) grant money from the coronavirus stimulus package – the CARES Act – to fund a voter contract with SKD Knickerbocker.
SKD Knickerbocker is a public affairs and political consulting firm. And it’s evidently Biden’s “main election campaign advisory firm.”
In other words, the question is this: why did Padilla’s office use stimulus cash to fund a voting push?
Republicans are now requesting a “member-level briefing on the status of your review of the highly questionable $35 million contract for voter contact.” And they want a decision soon.
Additionally, it’s interesting to note that Padilla is the frontrunner to take Kamala Harris’ Senate seat.
He probably doesn’t want any outstanding issues hanging over his head right now, but that’s also why Republicans want this probe done:
Because Secretary Padilla may become a member of the United States Senate in a matter of days or weeks, it is critical that he provide answers about his decision to award a contract to a partisan firm that appears to be both a misuse of taxpayer money and a violation of the law.
The bottom line is, if Padilla’s office really did use HAVA funds for voter contact, that’s illegal.
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission states clearly that HAVA grants “cannot be used to get out the vote or encourage voting.”
So, at least at this point, it seems the GOP members have a case. We’ll just have to see where this leads in the coming weeks.
- Republicans demand a probe into California Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s office.
- The GOP is claiming Padilla used $35M in grant money to encourage voting contact. And it was supposed to be used as coronavirus stimulus relief.
- If this really did happen, it would be an illegal use of those taxpayer funds.
Source: Fox News