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Schipske Proposes Campaign Ethics Guide
Garcia and Lowenthal Sign On

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Office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske
City of Long Beach - Council District 5
Contact: Misha Houser
Office Phone: 562-570-6932


LONG BEACH, CA; August 13, 2013 - Proving that politics can be positive, Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske and Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, and Councilmember Suja Lowenthal have teamed up to bring a council agenda item at today's Council meeting that calls for the City Clerk to produce and distribute a “Campaign Ethics Guide” for voters.

“I am glad that Robert and Suja have joined me on this issue. Ethics in government really begins at the ballot box and this guide will help voters on how to assess campaign ethics. That’s a good thing for Long Beach,” says Schipske.

The guide has been in use in other cities, such as Sunnyvale, and provides information for voters concerning the key questions and tools that they need in order to evaluate campaign ethics fairly. In Sunnyvale, the “Campaign Ethics Guide” contains: Explanation of “fair” and “unfair” campaigning; Things to watch out for in a political campaign – behavior, mailers and last minute attacks; The Fair Political Practices Commission Fair Political Campaign Practices Pledge; and in the City of Sunnyvale Ethics Code, includes conduct, prohibition on use of city facilities, resources and staff for campaigning, and restrictions on gifts; Where and how to register to vote and Resources for Campaign Ethics Questions and Concerns.

“Adoption of a ‘Campaign Ethics Guide’ with specific information for the Long Beach voter will be another positive step in the many taken by the City Council concerning campaign reform and promoting ethics in government,” Schipske notes.

{Sample of Campaign Ethics Guidelines Below}

Fair Campaign Practices Pledge

1. I SHALL CONDUCT my campaign openly and publicly, discussing the issues as I see them, presenting my record and policies with sincerity and frankness, and criticizing without fear of favor the record and policies of my opponents or political parties which merit such criticism.

2. I SHALL NOT USE OR PERMIT the use of character defamation, whispering campaigns, libel, slander, or scurrilous attacks on any candidate or his or her personal or family life.

3. I SHALL NOT USE OR PERMIT any appeal to negative prejudice based on race, sex, religion, national origin, physical health status, or age.

4. I SHALL NOT USE OR PERMIT any dishonest or unethical practice which tends to corrupt or undermine our American system of free elections, or which hampers or prevents the full and free expression of the will of the voters including acts intended to hinder or prevent any eligible person from registering to vote, enrolling to vote, or voting.

5. I SHALL NOT coerce election help or campaign contributions for myself or for any other candidate from my employees.

6. I SHALL IMMEDIATELY AND PUBLICLY REPUDIATE support deriving from any individual or group which resorts, on behalf of my candidacy or in opposition to that of my opponent, to the methods and tactics which I condemn. I shall accept responsibility to take firm action against any subordinate who violates any provision of this code or the laws governing elections.

7. I SHALL DEFEND AND UPHOLD the right of every qualified American voter to full and equal participation in the electoral process.

I, the undersigned, candidate for election to public office in the State of California or treasurer or chairperson of a committee making any independent expenditures, hereby voluntarily endorse, subscribe to, and solemnly pledge myself to conduct my campaign in accordance with the above principles and practices.