Cressman Calls Upon Legislators to Blackball Lobby Firm Accused of Firing Woman Who Spoke Out Against Harassment (Jan. 4. 2018)
Derek Cressman, a candidate for the California Senate, called upon all legislators to refuse to meet with lobbyists of the firm Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould, and Birney unless and until the Assembly and Senate Ethics Committees have cleared the firm of any wrongdoing in the firing of Alicia Lewis, who alleged she was terminated in retaliation for signing a letter along with 140 other women drawing attention to sexual harassment in the state Capitol.
“Those in power have an obligation to stand up for those who are victims of abuse of power,” said Cressman. “If I am elected, I would refuse to meet with any lobbyist of this firm unless they are completely exonerated. We can no longer tolerate the culture of intimidation that has run rampant in Sacramento.” (read more)
California Democrats should unite against corporate money
Sacramento Bee, May 30, 2017
Eric Bauman emerged as the new chairman of the California Democratic Party this month by a razor-thin margin that revealed deep divides among Democratic activists. If Bauman wants to unify progressive Berniecrats and longtime party stalwarts, he should lead an effort to ban corporate contributions to state parties and candidates.
Delegates interrupted Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez at the California convention with shouts decrying so-called corporate Democrats. The party has responded by voluntarily swearing off oil company donations under pressure from R.L. Miller, head of its environmental caucus. Several 2018 gubernatorial candidates similarly signed pledges from the Sierra Club to forgo oil money in their campaigns. (read more)
Congress should approve or reject Trump’s foreign financial conflicts
Sacramento Bee, January 17, 2017
With leading ethics experts of both major parties agreeing that Donald Trump’s plan to retain ownership of this business empire while serving as president will violate the U.S. Constitution, Congress must decide if his proposal to minimize his personal profit from foreign governments is sufficient. While many would disagree with a congressional move to sanction Trump’s arrangement, myself included, it would at least preserve compliance with our Constitution. …
What Congress must not do is simply look the other way. Allowing a president who has demonstrated authoritarian tendencies to openly flaunt the Constitution on his first day of office is a road that we dare not travel down. (read more