DeMaio Campaign’s Use Of Pension Signers’ Information Equates To Identity Theft, Campaign Law Violations

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DeMaio Enters Signers’ Info Into Mayoral Campaign Database, But It Can Only Be Used For Qualification Of Measure

SAN DIEGO – The “Just Say No, San Diego” campaign has obtained documents from the Carl DeMaio for Mayor 2012 campaign illustrating the city councilman inappropriately stole voter identification information from a ballot measure petition, a violation of California campaign laws.

Voter lists used by petition gatherers who walk door-to-door show that initiative signers have been entered into the DeMaio mayoral campaign’s voter file database.

The voter sheets, which are clearly marked as being generated by the “Carl DeMaio for Mayor” campaign in the bottom left corner, include a field next to voters’ names and addresses to indicate whether the voter had signed the petition.

Such information about the identity of petition signers cannot be used by the mayoral campaign or for any purpose except qualifying the petition, according to the State of California’s Elections Code.

“California law prohibits the use of signatures, names and addresses gathered on initiative petitions for any purpose other than to qualify the initiative measure for the ballot. This means that the petitions cannot be used to create or add to mailing lists or similar lists for any purpose, including fundraising or requests ‘for support. Any such misuses constitutes a crime under California law.” Elections Code § 18650; Bilofsky v. Deukmejian (1981) 124 Cai.App.3d 825, 177 Cai.Rptr. 621; 63 Ops.Cai.Atty.Gen. 37 (1980).

A copy of a voter list belonging to the Carl DeMaio for Mayor 2012 campaign is attached to this press release. NOTE: Please black out voters’ personal information before use.

The “Just Say No, San Diego” campaign plans to notify law enforcement of this violation immediately.

The “Just Say No, San Diego” campaign is a sponsored committee of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, 4305 University Ave. #340, San Diego, CA 92108. ID # 1338947.

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