Cash-rich, Uber-backed Prop. 22 campaign scrimps on postage
San Francisco Chronicle
Despite having a gargantuan $185 million to spend, the Yes on 22 campaign knows how to pinch pennies — via a tactic its opponents claim is unlawful, but Yes on 22 defends as proper.
Proposition 22, the ballot measure to exempt Uber and Lyft drivers and other gig workers from being employees, got a nonprofit postal permit for its deluge of glossy mailers, allowing it to save millions on postage. U.S. Postal Service regulations specifically say that political organizations other than political parties are not eligible. Yes on 22’s lawyers said the campaign is legitimately entitled to its nonprofit mailing status and is not a “political organization” as that regulation defines it.
“This misuse of the nonprofit permit coming from a corporate backed $200 million campaign is unprecedented and should be remedied by the Postal Service immediately,” attorneys for the No on 22 campaign, which is backed by organized labor, wrote to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Wednesday.