San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon is being forced to pay $4,000 in fines to the Ethics Commission for soliciting donations at a campaign fundraiser. His Assistant District Attorney, Michael Swart, and his chief of staff, Cristine Soto DeBerry, are also being fined to the tune of $1,400 each.
At the campaign fundraiser, Gascon allegedly attempted to solicit donations from employees of the city at a fundraiser for his upcoming campaign, and things aren’t looking too good for Gascon or his camp after he was sued in January after a long-time investigative assistant claimed that an employee of Gascon’s office used a racial slur (specifically “the n-word”).
Unfortunately for Gascon and his camp, these aren’t the only past misfortunes of thi group of politicians. Two months later, in March, reports came out that the San Francisco Police Union were making claims that Gascon made drunken, offensive remarks towards minorities as well as many members of the police union. This report was the latest in a long-standing feud between Gascon’s camp and the police union, but coming off the claims of one of Gascon’s employees using the n-word toward a long time investigative assistant, Gascon and his camp looked to be in hot water.
And now, Gascon is finally paying the price for his mistakes, but is the price high enough? Altogether, the politicians paid $7,800 for their misdoings (which Gascon and his camp claim they didn’t know were violations), but if Gascon is still running his campaign, does it really matter how much he’s been fined? After making so many mistaked, it’s hard to believe that Gascon still holds power, and its even harder to believe that a politician as seasoned and experienced as he is doesn’t know what is and isn’t against the rules.
To be the district attorney, Gascon doesn’t seem to be too sure of the rules, let alone the laws – after both he (drunkenly) and his employees (soberly) have reportedly made disparaging remarks against minorities as well as those that work for them – along with breaking the law while trying to stay in office – who’s to say that this menace will stop should he do so?
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