Paul Zukerberg will be a guest WPFW's DC Politics Hour with Eugene Kinlow to talk about his ongoing effort to stop the city form canceling the 2014 attorney general election. The show starts at 11:00, Paul's segment will come on at 11:30. Tune in to 89.3 FM or stream it live at www.wpfwfm.org.
Dorothy Brizill chronicled the city's campaign finance regulators' attempt to shut down Paul's campaign in her latest edition of themail, saying that"OCF’s action was unprecedented and had no basis in the city’s law code or municipal regulations."
Key snips: "...a District of Columbia lawyer challenging the city’s decision to delay the first-ever attorney general election is taking his fight back to D.C. Superior Court."
"Zukerberg's lawyer, Gary Thompson of Reed Smith, said in an interview today they decided to pursue the case in Superior Court and drop the constitutional claims to avoid delays on the issue of jurisdiction. "We're just trying to get to the merits," he said...The case is assigned to Judge Laura Cordero. A scheduling hearing is set for Feb. 28."
Zukerberg, “When the Government Tried to Shut Down My Campaign, We Didn't Blink - We Fought Back.”
(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, Paul Zukerberg, a candidate to be D.C.’s first elected attorney general, responded to the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance's reversal of its order to cease campaigning for the April 1, 2014 Democratic primary for attorney general.
“Yesterday evening I received an email from the Office of Campaign Finance saying their previous order to stop raising and spending money for the April attorney general primary was unclear,” said Zukerberg, a trial attorney who resides in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C., “The original letter from OCF was quite clear. It shut down my campaign. It told me to ‘refrain from collecting or expending any funds.’”
“If we did not fight back, the government would not be clarifying its position now. They wanted to shut us down, regardless of what the law says." Zukerberg said.
Printed on every 2010 D.C. ballot, voters were told that if they approved the attorney general charter amendment, D.C. voters would “begin voting for the Attorney General in 2014.” Seventy-six percent of D.C. voters said “yes” to the attorney general charter amendment.
“The 2014 election for attorney general is now D.C. law, and that law must be respected.” Said Zukerberg.
The New York Times is reporting that President Obama responded to a heckler yesterday, who claimed that the President had the power to stop all deportations of undocumented immigrants. “Actually, I don’t,” the President responded, “the United States is a nation of laws, and it is not simply a matter of us just saying we’re going to violate the law.”
“The President’s words apply equally to the D.C. attorney general election. Our law must be respected.” Zukerberg said.
“I will continue my campaign for attorney general, and I will fight for the right of all D.C. voters to elect their attorney general in 2014,” said Zukerberg. “The OCF ruling allowing my campaign to continue is a big win, but other bigger battles remain to be fought.” Said Zukerberg. “If we allow them to cancel this election, which one will be next?” concluded Zukerberg.
Zukerberg Fires Back, “This election is not going to be cancelled.”
(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, Paul Zukerberg, a candidate to be D.C.’s first elected attorney general, responded to an order by the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance to end his attorney general campaign.
“Last Thursday I received an order from the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance directing me to stop ‘collecting or expending any funds in relation to campaigning for [Attorney General],’” said Zukerberg, a trial attorney who resides in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
“OCF also said that it was not accepting the official campaign registration documents for my committee, Zukerberg for Attorney General, which were filed at OCF two weeks ago,” said Zukerberg.
“My campaign is in complete compliance with all OCF regulations,” said Zukerberg. “The shut-down order can only be political,” Zukerberg said.
“The campaign committee, Zukerberg for Attorney General, which had been listed on the OCF website, was taken down by OCF last Friday,” said Zukerberg. “OCF did not provide me with notice and an opportunity to be heard prior to issuing the order to stop campaigning,” said Zukerberg.
“One thing is clear, the tyrants running this city will do anything to prevent the voters from electing an independent attorney general.” Zukerberg said.
“Denying me the right to raise or spend money is a severe obstacle, but I will not withdraw or back down,” said Zukerberg. “The election called for in the Charter Amendment is not going to be cancelled,” Zukerberg said.
“I will not stop campaigning. I will not turn away supporters who want to help fund my campaign. And I will spend my own money, a right clearly established by the First Amendment,” said Zukerberg.
“An overwhelming majority of D.C. voters ratified the ballot referendum which created an elected attorney general beginning in 2014,” said Zukerberg. “This a fight to see if the voice of the people will be respected.” Zukerberg concluded.
OCF Email below.
The D.C. government has told attorney general candidate Paul Zukerberg to stop campaigning for the position. The defense attorney is battling the city to keep the position on next year's ballot after the D.C. Council moved to delay the election...
Zukerberg says he thinks he city's move to halt his campaign is political, and he's vowing to fight it.
"We are taking to appropriate steps to keep this campaign going," he says. "I will not give up this fight and I will not be shutdown."
A recent court decision has taken weeks off of the campaign to collect 2,000 valid signatures to ensure that our case on behalf of DC voters continues. We also know that the city has a whole legal team on this that’s going to do everything it can to undermine the right of DC citizens to cast their ballots.
Please donate $56 or commit to a shift of signature gathering to ensure Paul gets his signatures in!
From Patrick Madden at WAMU. Click to read.
A federal judge says its too early to take action on the lawsuit that seeks to block the D.C. Council from delaying next year's attorney general election.
In 2010, D.C. voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum mandating an elected attorney general. The election was supposed to take place next year but in October the D.C. Council passed a bill delaying it because some lawmakers felt the city wasn't ready and no candidate had stepped forward to run.
In response, Paul Zukerberg, a defense attorney and former Council candidate, sued the city to keep the race on the 2014 ballot and later announced he would seek the seat.
Late last week a federal judge ruled that he cannot grant a requested injunction on the Council bill because it is still in the 30-day congressional review period. The review is not expected to be completed until late December, just shy of the January 2 deadline for candidates to turn in signatures to get on the ballot.
In the meantime, Zukerberg continues gathering the necessary 2,000 signatures.
WASHINGTON, DC -- This Sunday at 12 noon, Attorney General candidate Paul Zukerberg and Elissa Silverman, a former opponent in the 2013 At-Large DC Council race, will collect ballot signatures together for Zukerberg's AG campaign at the Eastern Market.
The two have found common ground in Zukerberg's lawsuit and campaign to stop the city from canceling the attorney general election scheduled in 2014. Silverman will host Zukerberg not far from her Ward 6 home to circulate petitions for Zukerberg's campaign to be DC's first elected attorney general.
"Paul is standing up for DC voters, and I'm proud to stand with him," said Silverman. "D.C. voters want an elected attorney general and affirmed that through the ballot box. The Council has had two years to make sure this happens starting in 2014. It's another example of how our Council is out of touch with the people they are elected to represent, and Paul and I are united in the effort to bring more accountability to DC government."
"I am thrilled to have Elissa's support," said Zukerberg. "Our attorney general needs to be a watchdog, not a lapdog, and it's up to voters of conscience to demand more of their city. Breaking through the entrenched status quo can be difficult, but knowing that voters and reformers like Elissa are willing to stand up to change the system makes all the difference."
Join Paul and Elissa on Sunday at noon at the Eastern Market and fight for good government.
Zukerberg Responds to Judge's Decision in Elected D.C. AG Case - ZUKERBERG SAYS "THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER"
Expects Court to Rule in Favor of Having Attorney General Election After Congressional Review Expires
(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, Paul Zukerberg, a candidate to be D.C.’s first elected attorney general, responded to Judge Boasberg's decision to deny Zukerberg's preliminary injunction to prevent District government from canceling the 2014 election for Attorney General.
“The process whereby District laws are enacted means we wait,” said Zukerberg. “In so many ways and far too often District citizens see their rights restricted. Nonetheless, I am confident that we will prevail. This fight is not over.”
“If Congress approves this utterly preposterous law that cancels an election, I expect that the court will be of a different mind,” continued Zukerberg. “In America, we do not cancel elections. The tiny tyrants at the District building who voted to cancel this election, and our mayor, who could have vetoed this egregious act, will not prevail,” said Zukerberg.
“This week we saw Mayor Gray's hand-picked Attorney General stand in the way of federal prosecutors seeking information on the most significant scandal to hit the District in a generation. It is impossible not to view these actions and wonder if this is why our elected officials do not want an independent Attorney General elected by the people," concluded Zukerberg.
Zukerberg's legal team will be ready to act immediately after Congress enacts the law cancelling the 2014 election for Attorney General to see that D.C. voters’ rights are fully protected.