Jennifer Fitzgerald’s super slick, professional re-election campaign website features something that should surprise and anger voters. Scroll down past the billboard sized images of the candidate to find prominently displayed the five-part “State of the City” video. Separated into subjects like “Quality of Life,” and “Economic Development,” the video was presented in April as a regular part of an annual fundraiser for the local Chamber of Commerce. The video is also available on the City of Fullerton’s website, because the city pays for it, and it isn’t cheap.
The 2016 State of the City video was produced by Pipeline Digital Media of Fullerton. (You may have seen Pipeline’s Todd Huffman on the evening of August 2nd shilling for the awful district elections Map # 8A, supported by Jennifer Fitzgerald.) The City of Fullerton’s check register shows two 2016 payments to Pipeline Digital Media in the amounts of $ 9,600.00 and $ 15,700.00, as well as three other payments to the company in 2015. One cannot ascertain from the check registers provided which of these two payments might have been made for the State of the City video, but a Public Records Request filing should provide that answer.
What is certain is that Jennifer Fitzgerald’s campaign didn’t pay for the video, because it isn’t listed on her Form 460 campaign filings. If someone else paid for it, it should be listed as an in-kind donation to her campaign. No such in-kind donation appears on her 460 filings either, so we can only assume that Mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald is appropriating an expensive, taxpayer funded video meant to promote the city for her own personal political campaign. Is it realistic to think that no one at city hall has noticed?