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No, Ma’am, you can’t use public schoolteachers to recruit students to work for your campaign

Do wonder when the California media’s gonna start paying attention to career politician Barbara Boxer’s mistakes, misdeeds and misstatements.  Nor comes word that her campaign is “recruiting public school students through the teachers’ union.

Jon Coupal has the scoop:

Today the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association notified the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles Board of Education today that, in abject ignorance of California state law, the political campaign of Senator Barbara Boxer has openly solicited teachers employed by LAUSD to urge their students to volunteer for her campaign.

HJTA’s letter to the school district urges LAUSD to immediately inform all its personnel, credentialed or otherwise, that it would be a clear violation of law for teachers to recruit their students on school property during school hours to volunteer for a specific political campaign.

Guess the 28-year Washington veteran is finding it tough to attract volunteers for her faltering campaign, so she’s gotta use government resources to scare ‘em up.  Sorry, Ma’am, people just can’t get excited about sending you back to Washington to represent them.

Most people aren’t voting for the the three-termer because they’re proud of her record, but because of her partisan affiliation.  But, if they look beyond the D, they find an F, a failed Senator.

Help retire this out-of-touch incumbent by supporting her energetic opponent!

UPDATE:  Flap posted a copy of the letter from Boxer’s campaign.  Yes, friends, it is a smoking gun.  If a Republican had pulled a stunt like this, it’d be news.

FROM THE COMMENTS:  Rhymes With Right writes. . . .

. . .  this teacher might have been willing to give Boxer a pass on this letter, were it not for the campaign video to share with students. Without it, it could simply be argued that it was nothing more than the campaign making teachers aware of volunteer opportunities for students interested in volunteering for a campaign. The video, however, makes it very clear that teachers were being asked to go beyond their mission of educating students and providing them with learning opportunities, and instead engage in political indoctrination in the classroom.

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  1. I disagree with the HJTA’s use of the phrase “ignorance of California state law”. Ignorance is a lack of knowledge. The correct phrase is “contempt for California state law”.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — October 27, 2010 @ 6:17 pm - October 27, 2010

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  5. Dan, I think you meant “finding” not “funding” in this line, “Washington veteran is funding”.

    As for this, there are two sets of rules one for the ruling class and one for everyone else.

    Best,

    Steve

    Comment by Steven E. Kalbach — October 27, 2010 @ 6:39 pm - October 27, 2010

  6. Steven, thanks, fixed!

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — October 27, 2010 @ 6:53 pm - October 27, 2010

  7. You know, this teacher might have been willing to give Boxer a pass on this letter, were it not for the campaign video to share with students. Without it, it could simply be argued that it was nothing more than the campaign making teachers aware of volunteer opportunities for students interested in volunteering for a campaign. The video, however, makes it very clear that teachers were being asked to go beyond their mission of educating students and providing them with learning opportunities, and instead engage in political indoctrination in the classroom.

    Comment by Rhymes With Right — October 27, 2010 @ 8:16 pm - October 27, 2010

  8. I don’t know if Boxer will get the justice she deserves for breaking the rules. But Princess Murky got slapped today for her one of rule violations, so there is justice somewhere in the Universe. (H/t Ace)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 27, 2010 @ 8:22 pm - October 27, 2010

  9. One of the problem with campaign laws is the punishment for breaking them is just a fine… which can be written off as a campaign expense. If you really wanted to deter politicians from this sort of chicanery, subtract 10,000 votes from their total for each offense.

    Comment by V the K — October 27, 2010 @ 8:54 pm - October 27, 2010

  10. In Murky’s case, strictly speaking the punishment is not on her at all: the Alaska dept. for elections was told to stop helping her campaign, by giving voters lists of the write-in candidates’ names.

    I count it as a slap to her, because she was the one who wanted (and probably urged) the dept. to break its rules by creating and passing out those lists. I am sure she felt “entitled”.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 27, 2010 @ 9:20 pm - October 27, 2010

  11. Recently someone managed to steal my debit card number. What I learned through this experience is a thief will first test the number by spending $1.00 somewhere. So the idiot who stole my number donated to the Barbara Boxer Campaign!!!!

    Thieves and students…there’s a strategy for you….how can you go wrong?

    Comment by Patrick — October 27, 2010 @ 10:24 pm - October 27, 2010

  12. Ugh… Murky’s slap now partly reversed:
    http://www.adn.com/2010/10/27/1521270/judge-blocks-distribution-of-write.html

    The article implies that voters must ask for the list – as opposed to having it shoved at them. I hope it is so. And, the article says that voters who ask for the list must have their ballots segregated from the rest – presumably so they might be tossed out in future litigation which decides that the list was illegal electioneering for particular candidates.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 27, 2010 @ 10:48 pm - October 27, 2010

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