For Immediate Release: September 26, 2012
Contact: Stacy Nicola (951) 371-7155.
Incumbent Supervisor Rapidly Hands Out Taxpayer Funds
As Election Nears
Jeffries Says Reforms are Long Overdue to Political Slush Funds
(Riverside, CA) Spending money at a pace that would make a long time Washington, DC politician blush, the 20-year incumbent supervisor in Riverside’s 1st District is suddenly earmarking and doling out taxpayer funds (Community Improvement Designation Funds) like he’s got an election to buy.
“The election is just six weeks away, and during the last four consecutive Board meetings the 1st District Supervisor has suddenly begun writing checks on the taxpayers’ account at a blistering pace,” said Kevin Jeffries. During the past four consecutive Board of Supervisor meetings (7/31, 8/28, 9/11 & 9/25) the incumbent has spent over $80,000 in taxpayer funds given to private organizations across the First District.
“It’s an abuse of political power. When an elected official can use our hard earned tax dollars as his own political slush fund – it’s clear that reforms are immediately needed including the implementation of a 90 day black-out period before elections of the Board of Supervisors” said Jeffries. “This kind of slush fund, where a Supervisor can just write checks to friends and supporters, has a chilling effect on free speech and a corrupting effect on elections. During this campaign, I’ve encountered numerous individuals who have been afraid to endorse me out of fear that their non-profits will be punished by not receiving checks from the incumbent.”
Lake Elsinore City Councilman Bob Magee highlighted the political nature of slush fund spending by the incumbent. “In some non-election years, when organizations in our community have asked for money from the Supervisor for important local projects and needs, he has refused and not spent the money at all, holding on to hundreds of thousands of dollars. But now in an election year, it seems like everybody is getting one of his checks, backed by our tax dollars!”
Jeffries commented, “I have volunteered my time with several non-profit organizations over the years, and I know they provide valuable cost-effective services to improve our communities and our quality of life in Riverside County. But their valuable services should be funded in a manner that is transparent, based on merit, and free of political pressure.”
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Jeffries has been a resident of Riverside County for 41 years. He has been active in regional, local and non-profit organizations, serving 16 years as a locally elected water district Director, 2 years each as a Recreation & Parks Director and County Parks Advisory commissioner, 5 years as a Riverside County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) member and 29 years as a Riverside County Volunteer Firefighter. Jeffries served on numerous Chamber of Commerce and economic development committees and is currently President and partner of his investment firms. Jeffries is serving his final term in the California State Legislature representing a large portion of both Riverside County and the First Supervisorial District.