Rebecca Kaplan was beginning her mayoral campaign, there came news of a particularly damning article in the Oakland Tribune alleging campaign finance rules may have been broken by her mayoral campaigns, this year and in 2010. The allegation Kaplan used money from a committee created to support a citywide transportation measure to pay the salary of some staffers on her mayoral campaign, at first, appeared to have had legs and might even bring an embarrassing fine from the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). Afterwards, the FPPC chose not to investigate the complaint. However, last month it sent the Kaplan campaign notice it had received new, unspecified information regarding the allegation. There may still be nothing to the claim, but how did the story first surfaced and who was behind it seeing the light of day?
Rebecca Kaplan announcing her run for Oakland
mayor last June. PHOTO/Steven Tavares
Schaaf's campaign may have anticipated springing the story on the public through the press in order to coincide with Kaplan’s campaign announcement or even a few days before as an attempt to dissuade her from entering the race. Instead, Kaplan may have unwittingly thrown Schaaf's timing off when she made the announcement in early-June on a downtrodden street corner in East Oakland. Two weeks later, the Tribune story was published. But, it wasn't an example of journalistic sleuthing, by any means, but a good-old fashioned political attack. Until now, Schaaf has been able to sidestep any speculation it was her campaign behind the hit.
One of the political hit man in the Measure F story are two former Kaplan staff members who now support Schaaf's campaign. Conspicuously buried in the Tribune article is Jonathan Bair, who worked for Kaplan’s mayoral campaign and worked on Measure F only after the November election. Bair's inclusion in the article seems superfluous unless you know it was him, and another former Kaplan campaign staffer named Scott Hawkins (also in the Trib article), who was proffering information on Kaplan. Bair told The Citizen last month he is not affiliated with Schaaf's campaign. But, just days after publication of the article, Bair and Hawkins, both communication consultants, were putting their money where their mouth is. Bair contributed $100 of his $300 total in donations to Schaaf's campaign on June 30, a week after Hawkins added $150 to Schaaf’s campaign ledger on June 22, according to finance records.
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