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County Needs to Keep Rackauckas in Check

October 13, 2002

Re: "Rules on Fund Use Eased by D.A.," Oct. 2:

Will the Orange County Board of Supervisors finally rein in Tony Rackauckas' waste of taxpayer money when he tries to use the $90,000 fund for his political campaign, claiming his reelection is a "matter of interest" to the office? Or when he tries to take a vacation with the investigation fund money, claiming his rest and relaxation is a "matter of interest" to the office?

Probably not. Apparently state Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer didn't read Penal Code section 424 when he said no crimes were committed. That section makes it a felony to use public money for any purpose not authorized by law. The grand jury, led by his own deputy attorney general, detailed many instances where county time, equipment and resources were expended for purposes not authorized by law. The Times article proves Rackauckas thinks his power is limitless.

Lisa Halle

Santa Ana

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