Senate Republican Leader Grove Responds to State Controller Cancellation of Secretary Padilla's Illegal Contract to 'Team Biden'

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) released the following statement after the California State Controller canceled a $35 million contract to a public affairs firm with strong Democrat political ties. California's Secretary of State awarded the multi-million dollar contract to SKD Knickerbocker which boasted strong connections to 'Team Biden.' The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) recently delivered a letter to the Secretary of State demanding that he stop further payments of the illegal multi-million dollar contract and recover funds that have already been paid out. Click here to read the HJTA letter.

"After more than a month of excuses and contradictions by Alex Padilla, California's election chief, I am thankful the State Controller agreed with us and stepped in to reject this partisan, get-out-the-vote contract with a 'Team Biden' PR firm.

"Handing 35 million taxpayer dollars to a PR firm with a history of working on high-profile Democrat races in California was a reckless and unacceptable action. The integrity of our election system should have never been in doubt, especially by the state election's chief," said Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove.