By Luke Thomas
May 12, 2011
Following the resignation of GroundFloor Public Affairs founder Alex Tourk from two high-profile campaigns this week, a second video in as many days has surfaced on YouTube parodying a conversation between City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Tourk.
In the video, Herrera asks for Tourk’s resignation over alleged violations of campaign ethics laws.
“I need you to resign as my campaign consultant,” Herrera says to Tourk.
“What the hell!” Tourk responds. “You told the press that I didn’t actually lobby you illegally.”
“Yes, but nobody believed that,” Herrera retorts.
According to the reports, Mr. Tourk allegedly violated a campaign ethics law when he lobbied two campaign clients, Mr. Herrera and District Attorney George Gascón, on behalf of several of Tourk’s lobbying clients.
The law was passed in 2004 to prevent pay-to-play politics. Tourk was then Mayor Gavin Newsom’s chief of staff at the time.
Mr. Tourk resigned from the Herrera and Gascón campaigns Tuesday.
From the video author:
Dennis Herrera, candidate for SF Mayor, has fired his campaign consultant Alex Tourk because of the controversy around Tourk illegally lobbying Herrera. But it’s common practice for San Francisco campaign consultants to profit by selling access to the elected officials they work with.
This video is based on this Matier and Ross article.