Politics & Government

The Buzz: Donnelly’s use of Assembly video footage supposedly a no-no

Republican Tim Donnelly garnered some attention last week for a campaign video in which he objected to being called white – he is a “fleshy, pinkish tone” – and advocated making California “the sexiest place to do business.”

But it was another Donnelly video that caught the attention of certain critics and, eventually, Assembly administrator Jon Waldie.

“Patriot, Not Politician,” posted by Donnelly’s gubernatorial campaign on YouTube in April, features extensive clips of the Twin Peaks assemblyman speaking on the floor of the lower house.

State law prohibits the use of any “television signal generated by the Assembly ... for any political or commercial purpose,” and Waldie said late last week that he would issue the Donnelly campaign a cease-and-desist letter.

“The floor shots are definitely ours,” Waldie said.

Donnelly spokeswoman Jennifer Kerns said the campaign is reviewing the law but its interpretation is that footage of Assembly proceedings are public record and may be used by the campaign.

“It’s our understanding that once that video is aired publicly that it’s part of the public domain,” she said, adding that taxpayers pay for the Capitol.

– David Siders


Proponents were given clearance last week to begin collecting signatures for a pair of proposed ballot measures to overturn two new laws. The first, by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, allows nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physician assistants to perform certain types of early abortions. The second, by Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, eliminates separate building standards for primary care clinics that offer abortions. Backers have until Jan. 7 to submit petition signatures.

– Jeremy B. White


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