now a campaign issue
The political fallout from the record-breaking fine of lobbyist Kevin Sloat has begun, with a candidate for secretary of state calling on an opponent to return money he has raised from clients of the embattled lobbyist.
Sloat and his firm reached a settlement with the Fair Political Practices Commission to pay a $133,500 fine for contributing liquor, cigar and other items toward lavish political fundraisers in his home – non-monetary campaign contributions beyond what the law allows lobbyists to give.
Sen. Alex Padilla, who is running for secretary of state, was one of 37 politicians who received warning letters from the FPPC for holding political fundraisers at Sloat’s home that included non-monetary contributions from Sloat.
One of Padilla’s opponents, fellow Democrat Derek Cressman, seized on Monday’s news by sending a letter to Padilla asking him to give back the money. Sloat’s firm is a big player in Capitol politics, with a long list of clients. Cressman’s campaign noted that Padilla has received contributions from some of Sloat’s clients, including PG&E and Verizon.
Padilla’s campaign said it would not return any of the contributions.
“Democrats are not the enemy. Tyranny is the enemy.”