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Ciardella's unethical campaign material

Original post made by concerned on Nov 1, 2008

Council candidate Ciardella is supposed to adhere to California's Fair Political Practices Commission's rules. Unfortunately, his recent campaign mailing does not comply with required disclosures on mailed campaign material.

In addition to that, someone paid for Ciardella campaign stickers to be placed on Almanac issues this week. Unlike Atherton Council candidate McKeithen's similar sticker on a different publication, his do not state who paid for the ad. There is no indication on his that this is actually campaign material and not an endorsement by the Almanac. Readers know that the editors formally endorsed his opponents but this campaign tactic attempts to suggest otherwise.

Our community deserves better than this.

Comments (6)

Posted by wide angle, a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Nov 1, 2008 at 6:14 pm

Not the same as a professional County politco using the city email for campaigning. Try a real issue.


Posted by voter, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 1, 2008 at 6:51 pm

Sorry, WA, an inadvertent email post, dismissed by the city's attorney as inconsequential, is nothing compared to a blatant and deliberate violation of very specific and explicit campaign laws. If Rick had done it once, we might explain it as the misstep of a novice, but multiple incursions suggest that he is either not very smart or is trying hard to mislead the voters. Neither makes me think he would make a satisfactory member of the council.

I would not be surprised if Monday's mail included one of those faux mailers stating that the Democratic party has endorsed him. His cronies used this Nixon-invented tactic in 2006, and I'm sure confused a number of voters.

I don't think Rick is a bad guy, but he hangs out with the wrong crowd and he hasn't shown any evidence that he's got much going for him, other than a willingness to run for council.


Posted by concerned, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Nov 2, 2008 at 8:55 am

Add in the fact that Ciardella signed an ethics oath as a council candidate, agreeing to follow the rules.


Posted by Scott Lohmann, a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Nov 2, 2008 at 9:41 am

I am Rick Ciardella's Campaign Manager. We did in fact make a mistake with our "rushed" mailer and "post it" sticker for The Almanac. In truth, we thought we had included our FPPC number, before the electronic sending of the proof, but for some reason it was inadvertently left off the final proof. We are still trying to determine why this happened. We are very sorry for the oversight. Both of these advertisements were paid for, and designed by the campaign. There will not be a "Monday mailing including one of those faux mailers....", this was not a "Nixon-invented tactic", and Rick is a good guy that hangs out with the right crowd, one of them being me. We have strived, very purposefully, to run this campaign as a very positive campaign. This was a very honest mistake, and I'll take full responsibility for it. If you still have concerns with this issue, please email me thru our website: voteforrick.org Thanks.


Posted by concerned, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Nov 2, 2008 at 10:02 am

I agree Rick is a nice guy and that honest mistakes can happen BUT you still don't seem to have it right. Read the FPPC rules. The way I read it, the mailing must include an address. So even if the FPPC number was supposed to have printed, it still didn't comply.


Posted by for positive campaigns, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 2, 2008 at 10:23 am

I'm glad to hear that there will not be any faux mailers or hit pieces from Ciardella's campaign. So far I haven't seen any from Cohen or Fergusson and hope that will be the case. Is it possible that finally Menlo Park has candidates who are grown up enough that campaigns can be positive? Hooray!

Now if only the supporters of each candidate would refrain from making up stories filled with innuendo and throwing around dirt.


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