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FPPC takes Sutter out for a long walk off a short pier...

Published: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 - 6:33 am

The California Fair Political Practices Commission is hearing testimony about a proposal to reveal precisely who is posting paid political opinions on social media. Steve Maviglio, a major political wheel (please send me $1,000, Steve, as this is promoting you) is against this plan, asserting that even Sutter Brown (@SutterBrown #savedstatebudget, #morecharismathanJerry), the gubernatorial Corgi, might have to identify who is posting in his name on Twitter. 

Sutter called a news conference at his posh fundraising cocktail party (Chops, $2,000 minimum or a sack of Beggin' Strips) to address these concerns.


SUTTER: Thank you. Yes?

REPORTER: Your Twitter account may be in danger as an undisclosed political advocacy entity. Given that assertion, are you now prepared to reveal who is writing your material?

SUTTER: I write my own Twitter material.

REPORTER: You're a dog.

SUTTER: I'm holding a news conference.

REPORTER: Good point.

SUTTER: Anyway, it's only 140 characters. Speed is my issue.


SUTTER: I don't have opposable thumbs. #hateevolution.

REPORTER: Will you officially appeal the FPPC if the ruling goes against you?

SUTTER: I will be filing a class-action appeal with other interested parties who wish to keep their political activities and whereabouts anonymous. I am fighting for the rights of all Anthropomorphic Canine Crypto Americans. 

REPORTER: Sutter, if the ruling goes against you, what other pressure can you bring to bear on the FPPC besides legal action?

SUTTER: Well, you may note that the FPPC chairwoman Ann Ravel won't be working in Sacramento much longer - she's going to the Federal Elections Commission. Do the math. I get things done. 


For a live audio or video tape of this news conference, please send a check to: Steve Maviglio, Speaker's Office, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95818. Do not make the check out to Steve Maviglio. He is already paid by the state. Make check payable to: Sutter Brown 2014 Exploratory Committee.


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Jack Ohman Jack Ohman joined The Sacramento Bee in 2013. He previously worked at the Oregonian, the Detroit Free Press and the Columbus Dispatch. His work is syndicated to more than 200 newspapers by Tribune Media Services. Jack has won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Scripps Foundation Award, the national SPJ Award, the National Headliner Award, the Overseas Press Club Award, and he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 and the Herblock Prize in 2013. He has written and illustrated 10 books, many of them about fly fishing. Jack has three grown children.

Contact Jack at johman@sacbee.com.

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