Beware of paid slate mailers, part 2

Following up on last week’s post, here’s more from the shameless slate-mailer file: A “Democratic Voter Guide” hitting local mailboxes recently urged a “yes” vote on Proposition 14, the top-two primary initiative that the California Democratic Party very staunchly opposes. That’s because this guide is published by Voter Guide Slate Cards of Long Beach, not by the party.

Similarly, the “Voter Information Guide for Democrats” urges a “no” vote on Proposition 15, the public campaign finance pilot project initiative, and “yes” votes on both Proposition 16 – the PG&E-funded measure that would protect the company’s monopoly by making it harder for local governments to establish municipal utilities or community choice aggregators – and Proposition 17 – the Mercury Insurance-funded measure dealing with portability of continuous-coverage discounts. That’s the opposite of California Democratic Party’s stances; the CDP urges yes on 15, no on 16 and 17. This mailer is actually published by Levine & Associates, a Sherman Oaks-based political consulting firm.

And the “Californians Vote Green” slate mailer urges a “yes” vote on Proposition 16: hardly a “green vote,” as just about every environmental group in the state – including the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Environment California, the Earth Island Institute, the Planning and Conservation League, and the California League of Conservation Voters – are dead set against the measure. This mailer is a product of the David L. Gould Company Rick Taylor of Dakota Communications, a Los Angeles political consulting firm. (ed. note: see comments #2 and #3, below)

Please, voters: Read the fine print on whatever campaign literature you see, because more often than not the advice it gives is bought and paid for by someone other than the source you believe.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.