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Former Sec of State Alex Padilla handed a $35 million contract to a Biden company – insuring his appointment to senate?

26 Dec

Here’s what we can expect from Gavin Newsom’s choice to take Kamala Harris’ senate seat.

https://calmatters.org/politics/2020/12/newsom-padilla-skdknickerbocker-contract-gotv/

As California’s Secretary of State prepares to take a new job as U.S. Senator, he’s not going to let a politically charged $35 million invoice get in the way of a smooth promotion.

‘In a press conference Wednesday, Alex Padilla assured reporters that the multimillion-dollar tab his office owes to SKDKnickerbocker, a Biden-affiliated PR shop, will be ‘resolved soon.’”

Padilla intended to use money stolen from California counties, but our controller says he was not authorized to spend that money.

“As Secretary of State, Padilla served as California’s chief election administrator during an election season unlike any other. In the summer of 2020, his office hired SKDKnickerbocker to produce an ad campaign to explain the new election procedures to California’s voters. Padilla’s office intended to pay the PR firm out of a pot of cash meant to fund county government voter outreach operations.

“But Betty Yee, California’s controller who is responsible for signing off on all state government payments, has so far refused to okay the outlay, arguing that Padilla’s office lacks the authority to spend that money on behalf of the counties.”

Furthermore, this is turning into a partisan war, with Republicans questioning the legality of the hiring in the first place. 

“Responding to the news of Padilla’s appointment to Harris’ senate seat yesterday, Jessica Millan Patterson, chairwoman of the California Republican Party said in a statement that “Governor Gavin Newsom couldn’t have picked a more partisan politician who has yet to answer for his illegal $35 million get-out-the-vote contract with a ‘Team Biden’ PR firm.’”

I’ll question it too. Our Democratic leadership in Sacramento seems to have no moral compass. Furthermore, I suspect Padilla just bought himself a senate seat, and we have to pay for it.