Dear HSO Staff: Thanks, But No—for your $$

In 2016, then-Deputy and current Sheriff Cahillane was called out by the Gazette for campaign improprieties flagged by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance that resulted in him having to return over $10,000 in HSO employee contributions.

As an employee running for Sheriff, campaign contributions from HSO staff to Mr. Cahillane were illegal. As Sheriff, however—they are not; unfortunately, an elected Sheriff is permitted to accept campaign contributions from the employees they oversee and are in a position to promote—or not. But let’s talk about the distinction between the rules and the real world: most people would understand the implied pressure to contribute to the boss’s campaign. How does it look if you don’t? To date, staff at the HSO have contributed more than $3500 to the boss’s coffers, although not all contributions on Mr. Cahillane’s page disclose employment, so it is difficult to determine the exact amount. Not all Sheriffs accept contributions from their staff, by the way; many do not, as a matter of principle and policy. It doesn’t look right to the public. So if anyone cares to do a comparison among the contributions for the 3 candidates still in the race, you’ll see a number of HSO staff contributions to one (although not nearly as much as in 2016, we can note; most staff are no longer on board), a few staff contributions to another, and none for the third. HSO staff: thanks, but no thanks—I don’t want any contributions from you, as helpful as they would be. When I am elected, I will owe no one any favors, jobs, or even the perception of preferential treatment. This isn’t just a matter of bad optics, it’s bad practice and a bad way to run a state agency whose employees are paid by the taxpayers. #FullTransparency #KnowYourSheriff #TheRightWomanSheriff