Make no mistake: It’s no coincidence that the hired gun for the California Organization of Police and Sheriffs (COPS), Kelly Moran, is actively trying to kill a great piece of campaign reform legislation — SB 488. This bill prohibits the unauthorized use of public safety logos, insignias and other identifiers on political mail pieces.
COPS rakes in MILLIONS each election cycle through the use of fake public safety badges in its political “voter guides”, which gets sent to voters in the hopes of swaying their decisions on candidates and issues. No actual cops are behind their guide, so while voters are getting deceived, COPS’ bank account is swelling. This kind of voter deceit does nothing more than erode the public's trust, which is why SB 488 is desperately needed.