Ethics Complaint Filed By Group Opposed To Recall Effort

The group formed to oppose the recall of three Shasta County Supervisors has filed a set of ethics complaints with the California Fair Political Practices Commission against the recall organizers. The proposed recall targets Leonard Moty, Joe Chimenti and Mary Rickert, accusing them of bowing to the governor’s wishes over the interests of Shasta County citizens, particularly in terms of Coronavirus restrictions. Supervisor Patrick Jones has been working alongside the recall organizers. Last week County Clerk Cathy Darling-Allen noted that those behind the recall effort failed to include enough information in their announcement for the intent to recall. She said the entire process had to be scrapped and started over from the beginning. The three supervisors were officially notified again on Friday of the intent to recall. The group “Shasta Forward”, which opposes the recall, has filed complaints of seven separate violations of state campaign laws, mostly centering around the disclosure of the sources of campaign contributions. Shasta Forward and the three targeted supervisors characterize the funding as “dark money”.