The Height of Hypocrisy: Political Party Boss Silent on Greuel Receiving Support from DWP Super PAC

POSTED BY KEVIN JAMES FOR MAYOR ON January 28, 2013 Share Share

LOS ANGELES, CA - Last week, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP) Chairman Eric C. Bauman remained silent regarding the L.A. DWP union, known as the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18 (IBEW), forming a super PAC in support of Controller Wendy Greuel. This monetary support is a return favor for her repeated efforts to raise DWP salaries and benefits, and increasing utility rates for Angelenos.

It is widely known the DWP has been influencing City Hall for years, thereby posing a serious conflict of interest as the main benefactors of Greuel’s votes/actions. LACDP Chairman Bauman was quick to fire off a press release criticizing a committee of citizens supporting James for Mayor, but is unwilling to hold his own party accountable.

“I’m proud to have support from citizens regardless of their political party." said Los Angeles mayoral candidate Kevin James. "Angelenos are interested in seeing our city succeed. What they aren't interested in are special interest groups like the DWP union backing Controller Greuel, knowing their actions have bankrupted the City of Los Angeles."

“Bauman’s hyper partisan attacks on private citizens supporting James is the height of hypocrisy. As records show, support for James has come from across the political spectrum including Henry Crown and Co., who were major contributors to President Obama, and Harold Simmons who has supported Republicans in the past," said James' campaign manager Jeff Corless.

"The fact is the same special interest groups that bank-rolled Greuel’s campaigns for Council and Controller are now backing her campaign for Mayor," continued Corless. "Greuel has spent years voting for DWP salary and benefit increases and now she's cashing in for her next campaign. The Greuel-DWP 'pay-to-play' scheme at City Hall has gone on for too long and we have had enough of their cozy politics."

"They’ve been stepping up their attacks on James for weeks now because they’re nervous. The more voters pay attention, the more James’ outsider message resonates,” said Corless.

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