Wow, $4915, that's really outrageous! And what makes it doubly outrageous is that before July 1, the filing fee would have only been $3776.32 -- July 1 being the date that the political appointees on the Civil Service Commission gave the mayor and other city employees fat pay increases including bumping the mayor's salary from $188,816 (of which $3776.32 is 2%) to $245,749 a year:
I wonder whether part of the motivation for those increases was precisely to deter potential mayoral challengers with higher filing fee costs? It's easy to envision a scenario where someone like a little-known Republican -- or a Libertarian, for that matter -- cuts into Newsom's support among fiscal conservatives by a few points, thus denying him the outright majority of first-round votes that he will need in order to avoid a run-off election with the most popular leftist who runs against him. For such candidates, another $1200 or so out-of-pocket could make the difference between running and not running.
I also wonder whether there is any way to challenge this civil service action. If it were possible to even delay their B.S. move in court until after the filing period, this might save candidates a bunch of money. Does anyone have the list of the mayoral candidates who have so far filed for mayor from the Elections Department? The other candidates should be informed about this, in case one of them, or a group of them, wish to mount a lawsuit or otherwise challenge the pay raise or its timing.
On the other hand, I know they passed public financing for the mayor's race a couple years ago, but don't recall whether such funds can be used to cover a candidate's filing fees. Does anyone know the answer to that? Normally I don't like public financing of campaigns and would not accept such money unless I could figure out a way to get it back to taxpayers, but if it's money that has to be paid to the government just in order to run, I see a strong argument for letting government cover the filing fee with public financing money (which it has already stolen) rather than giving them additional money by paying that poll tax.
By the way Josh, if you don't mind me asking, have you paid your filing fee, or are you getting signatures, or both? What do you think of all this? Eric, I'm assuming you haven't paid yet -- what are your thoughts, and what do you plan to do?
Love & Liberty,
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