Elections Complaint Filed Against Steve Knight

Campaign Refuses to Play by the Rules


Santa Clarita, Calif. – Today complaints were filed with the California Attorney General, Los Angeles District Attorney, and Santa Clarita City Attorney against Steve Knight for Congress, Scott Wilk for Senate 2016, and Dante Acosta for Assembly 2016. Their campaigns violated Elections Code Section 18304, which prohibits the use of local government seals for campaign purposes. The mailer that violates this election code appeared as a part of the developing investigation of sexual harassment allegations against Acosta, who both Knight and Wilk continue to support and endorse.

Knight jointly produced a flyer with the Wilk and Acosta campaigns that displays the City of Santa Clarita’s official seal. According to the complaint, along with the words “[t]he Team for Santa Clarita,” the seal implies that “the campaigns have some kind of official endorsement from the City.” The use of the Santa Clarita City seal is deceptive, misleading, and violates clear campaign rules.

“Sadly, this is just another ethical failing from Steve Knight’s morally bankrupt campaign,” said Orrin Evans. “Whether it has been failing to abide by financial disclosure rules, supporting and fundraising for a candidate accused of sexual harassment, and now actively deceiving voters, Knight will skirt the system for his own political gain.”

Knight’s past ethical failings include:

Caforio was born and raised in Southern California by two public school teachers, attended UCLA and Yale Law School, worked for a United States federal judge, and practices as an attorney taking on some of the world’s biggest banks. Bryan lives in Santa Clarita with his wife Lisa, who serves as a Deputy City Attorney at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

The 25th District covers northern Los Angeles County and part of Ventura County including the Antelope Valley, Palmdale, Lancaster, Santa Clarita, and Simi Valley. President Obama won the district in 2008, and experts consider this race a toss-up . Last year Democratic registration eclipsed Republican registration, and the district is now majority-minority. National Republicans list Congressman Knight as one of their most vulnerable incumbents.


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