Oakland mayoral candidate Don Perata received another $60,000 from the California prison guard’s union in the past three months, raising his total pay from the union to at least $469,000 since early 2009. In newly filed campaign finance reports, the prison guard’s union said it paid Perata $20,000 per month from July through September for “campaign consulting,” even though the union reported that it mounted no political campaigns during that time.
Earlier this year, the union was the primary funder of two hit-piece mailers that attacked two of Perata’s main opponents in the mayor’s race — Councilwomen Jean Quan and Rebecca Kaplan. In other words, Perata is being paid as a “campaign consultant” to a union whose only political campaign this year was an attack on his opponents in the mayor’s race.
It must be just a coincidence.