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BARBARA BOXER faces ethics complaint for telling teachers to send students to work for campaign – The Daily Caller

October 28, 2010

Boxer faces ethics complaint for telling teachers to send students to work for campaign

By Jonathan Strong – The Daily Caller | Published: 4:27 PM 10/27/2010 | Updated: 6:44 PM 10/27/2010

By Jonathan Strong – The Daily Caller

In a close election race against former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina, California Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer is facing new ethics complaints over asking teachers to send their students to work for her campaign.

In an Oct. 27 letter to California education authorities, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA), a non-profit group urging lower taxes, said, “In abject ignorance of California state law, the political campaign of Senator Barbara Boxer has openly solicited teachers employed by [Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)] to urge their students to volunteer for her campaign.”

The HJTA letter refers to a letter obtained by the Flash Report, an influential California political blog, from the Boxer campaign that urges teachers to recruit their students to work for Boxer’s campaign.

“As you may know, Senator Boxer is facing her toughest race yet,” the letter from Boxer says, “please let us know if your students are able to help.”

Boxer’s campaign was unable to immediately comment on either its letter nor the HJTA’s letter.

HJTA’s letter cites a portion of California law governing teachers’ conduct which makes it illegal for teachers to solicit political support of students, including donations and volunteer work.

As President Obama found out when he was forced to tone down what critics decried as the partisan content of a lesson plan he gave teachers to accompany a speech he was giving to students nationwide, the political input provided to schoolchildren remains a bitterly charged subject, as many parents desire to provide children their own take on often polarized issues.

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  1. October 28, 2010 9:35 AM

    Last minute accusations are meaningless efforts to distract the public from the significant issues facing the nation. There has been a complete lack of discussion of the things a Senator can do to help California. After all one vote in the Senate does not necessarily determine if legislation will pass. Jobs are the number one issue. Saying “I know how to create jobs” is meaningless without the details. We are facing two bankrupt political parties that are both responsible for the current state of our nation.

  2. TaterSalad permalink
    October 28, 2010 2:59 PM

    California, without any changes to their revenue and expenditure systems will go bankrupt within 6 to 8 months. If Jerry Brown gets into office he will cow-tow to the Unions, whether public or private and the huge pension costs will bring the state to its knees for sure. Also, people with great wealth(s) will move to other, more “favorable states” to shelter their money and finally, entrepeneurs who employee over 150 people will move their operations out of state before the start of the state bankruptcy. Enjoy this California, this is what you want. Other states will reap the spoils and accept these jobs.

  3. October 28, 2010 4:23 PM

    Neither Barbara Boxer nor Carly Fiorina as senator has anything to do with California government. The government is managed by the legislature and the governor. The question should be: what have your done and what will you do in Washington for this state?

  4. Change to What? permalink
    October 28, 2010 4:54 PM

    Want to know why California is broke? Why we shouldn’t keep voting in the same party/candidates time after time. Policies, regulations, spending come from the Legislature, not the Governor. HWP today continues to ship out jobs for a reason as do so many companies in Silcon Valley. One might ask JB – isn’t it normal to move jobs when the company is so large, it necessitates EXPANDING the business and where you gonna go? Not CA.

    This is the reason: (link included)
    The California State Legislature currently has a Democratic majority, with the Senate consisting of 25 Democrats, 14 Republicans, and 1 vacancy; and the Assembly having 50 Democrats, 27 Republicans, 1 Independent, and 2 vacancies. Except for the period from 1995 to 1996, the Assembly has been in Democratic hands since the 1970 election (even while the governor’s office has gone back and forth between Republicans and Democrats). The Senate has been in Democratic hands continuously since 1970.

    That’s right folks. Since 1970, the dims have OWNED Sacramento’s purse strings and our wallets.


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