A firm with a long history of working with Democrats has been awarded a $35 million dollar contract to encourage voting during the pandemic.
SKD Knickerbocker has worked with many Democrats and promoted issues such as same-sex marriage and police reform.
The firm’s CEO, Josh Isay ran Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s 1998 campaign.
Chair of the California Republican Party, Jessica Millan Patterson blasted the contract in a statement and said “This $35 million expedited state contract screams conflict of interest, and the abuse of power calls into question his integrity.”
She added “Under this Democrat regime, our elections are simply being run by nothing more than a bunch of politics hacks.”
Heather Wilson, managing director claimed a lot of their work is non partisan in an email to the Sacramento Bee.
“As a public affairs firm, a great deal of our work (including this Vote Safe campaign) is nonpartisan,” Wilson said in an email.
According to the Sacramento Bee, the $35 million for the campaign, dubbed “Vote Safe California,” was part of more than $111 million allocated in the state’s annual budget to the Secretary of State’s office with the goal to “prevent, prepare for, and respond to the impacts of COVID-19 on the election and provide associated voter education and outreach.
Unlike usual contract bids that take 3-6 months of vetting, the process was expedited due to how close the election is.