That’s ‘Pay to Play’ and it’s wrong!
Outside attorneys who receive contracts from the City Attorney’s office are the key financial contributors to my opponent’s campaign. In campaign filings, the Appointed City Attorney has disclosed that she received a total of over $34,000 from attorneys at law firms who received more than $8.7 million in outside contracts from the City Attorney’s Office in the past three years. That is over 28% of her total campaign contributions, and that doesn’t include the campaign contributions that she has received from law firms that she has settled with.
While Oakland faces severe budget shortages, the City Attorney’s Office spends over $32 million in taxpayer money. They have 70 employees and 35 attorneys, yet they spent over $6 million last year to contract out their legal work to outside attorneys. And still, they settle cases that should be fought and lose cases that should be won.
Now we see the very attorneys who benefited greatly from these contracts and these settlements contributing to the election campaign of the Appointed City Attorney. For too long attorneys and outside law firms have looked to Oakland as a cash cow – an easy mark for contracts and settlements. As City Attorney, I will dramatically reduce the use of outside law firms. The savings can go to add more police, fix pot holes, or expand after-school programs.
It’s time to end ‘Pay to Play’ in the City Attorney’s Office. As City Attorney, I will do just that.
Thank you for your support,