Friday, April 18, 2014

"Unusual arrangement? Honda’s campaign offices are right at home — in SEIU headquarters"

Quoted in this one in the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Jessica Levinson, who teaches election law and governance at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said that the arrangement raises concerns.
Regarding the appropriateness, “my main question is: is (SEIU) basically giving him a donation by letting him use the office for less than what a member of the public would pay?” she said.
But the decision also makes a political statement, she added. “It’s so clear he is aligning himself with the unions..its very visual,” she said. “I mean, they’re roommates.”
So in Congress, “as an optical matter, it will be hard to distance himself from them,” she said. “It gives the appearance he would be more reticent to vote against union interests. Because it would be really awkward to go back to your campaign office and find all those people you have potentially annoyed.”

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