Oakland Cops’ Union Breaks Law, Again

Barry Donelan

The Oakland Police Officer’s Association has violated local and state election laws in its effort to unseat Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan and City Attorney Barbara Parker, public records and interviews show. The police union has failed over the past several weeks to file campaign disclosure reports with the city, detailing exactly how much it has spent trying to defeat Kaplan and Parker and replace them with Councilmembers Ignacio De La Fuente and Jane Brunner, respectively. The Oakland City Clerk’s Office said Wednesday that it has sent letters and made phone calls to OPOA informing the union that the law mandates that it must disclose it campaign activities, but that the union has nonetheless failed to do so.