CalWatchdog Morning Read – August 22

by CalWatchdog Staff | August 22, 2016 8:25 am

Good morning. Happy Monday. Legislators begin another week of whittling down the seemingly never-ending piles of bills left to consider before the session ends later this month.

But a new report highlights what many of the legislators have been doing outside of the building.

“Hamstrung by strict limits on political contributions, California lawmakers have found a way to continue to extract large sums from some of Sacramento’s most powerful special interests.”

“Increasingly, they’re using ‘ballot measure committees,’ little-known and barely regulated accounts that are supposed to promote or oppose state and local initiatives, but in practice are paying for consultants and polling firms, new suits and trips to Mexico. And the money for the politicians’ perks comes in the form of five-figure donations from the same special interests that state rules were intended to curtail.”
Highlights on how money was spent to woo donors include: $17,000 one assemblyman spent on appetizers and $25,000 another former legislator spent on suits for his donors. 
The San Jose Mercury News[1] has all that and much more. 
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