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Bass Campaign Issues Cease & Desist, L.A. Faith Leaders Decry Politics of Race Baiting and Smear Tactics on Behalf of Caruso

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The Karen Bass campaign today issued a cease and desist letter in response to a wildly misleading, defamatory attack ad released by the Los Angeles Police Protective League, an independent expenditure committee opposing Karen Bass’s candidacy for Mayor of Los Angeles.

The letter points to demonstrable falsehoods in the Police Protective League’s ad, including the claim that Congresswoman Bass “repeatedly voted to give USC millions in taxpayer funds,” and demands the organization stop funding the false advertisement in violation of defamation law.

Karen Bass never voted to appropriate taxpayer funds to USC, and none of the bills cited in the ad refer to the University of Southern California or USC – unless you count the abbreviation of “United States Code”.

“A police union PAC supporting Rick Caruso is trying to distract from his USC pay-to-play admissions scandal by airing attack ads that spread misinformation about Karen Bass,” said spokesperson Anna Bahr. “Let’s be clear: While Caruso helped the wealthy and well-connected at USC, depriving working class students of an education, Karen Bass was at USC to study our broken child welfare system. This is what happens when a real estate billionaire tries to buy an election.”

Speaking at a press conference, L.A. faith leaders voiced their anger at the $2 million ad buy of the Los Angeles Police Protective League attacking Congresswoman and L.A. mayoral candidate Karen Bass and demanded a retraction.

“Our faith community has been a catalyst in bringing the police and faith community together,” said Rev. K.W. Tulloss, president of the Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Los Angeles and Southern California. “It is a community that has had a lack of faith and trust within our police department and for them to send out this ad was a slap in the face and what our voters need to understand is that this police union is supporting Rick Caruso and spending one than $1 million to attack an elected official who is trusted within our community. Our faith community has come together to demand a retraction.”

“It an old playbook,” remarked Rev. John Cager, President of the Ministerial Alliance of the AME Church of Southern California, who— like many of the pastors present—believes such actions have the potential to set back police and community relations.

“Karen Bass is the author of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and then the Police Union commits millions of dollars to get rid of her. We’ve seen it in Los Angeles before when the Police Union sided with Sam Yorty against Tom Bradley over 50 years ago.

“Los Angeles has moved on from the politics of race-baiting. Los Angeles has moved on from the time when victory was determined by dividing the white west side and the white Valley from people of color,” Cager continued. “This is a time for Los Angeles to come together and we call on all of the candidates in this race to rebuke and resist the cheap politics of race baiting. We further condemn the Police Union for continuing to fan the flames of racial politics. This is not Mississippi and Los Angeles will not stand for those tactics.”

Said Pastor E. Wayne Gaddis, President of the CA Missionary Baptist State Convention, “As crime ticks up in our city and all around the country, the Los Angeles Police Union should be focused on fighting crime, not fighting Karen Bass, who we stand together in our support of.”


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