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December 13, 1989 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Sen. Joseph B. Montoya told the head of an insurance company he would "have to spend some money" if he wanted to win passage of legislation to help his business, a former aide to the Whittier Democrat testified Tuesday. Kathleen Somerton, a former consultant to Montoya's Senate subcommittee on sports, also testified that she was under constant pressure from the senator to raise campaign contributions from individuals who dealt with the subcommittee. At one point, former Montoya aide Amiel A.
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December 13, 1989 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Sen. Joseph B. Montoya told the head of an insurance company he would "have to spend some money" if he wanted to win passage of legislation to help his business, a former aide to the Whittier Democrat testified Tuesday. Kathleen Somerton, a former consultant to Montoya's Senate subcommittee on sports, also testified that she was under constant pressure from the senator to raise campaign contributions from individuals who dealt with the subcommittee. At one point, former Montoya aide Amiel A.
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December 14, 1989 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Douglas O. Ruedlinger, head of a Florida insurance company, recalls he was pleasantly surprised one day in 1985 when he got a phone call out of the blue inviting him to meet California state Sen. Joseph B. Montoya. The 50-year-old Ruedlinger says he flew on his corporate jet to Sacramento, where Montoya offered to back legislation opening the California market to Ruedlinger's company, which specializes in catastrophic insurance for high school athletes.
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October 7, 1989 | PAUL JACOBS, Times Staff Writer
A document filed in federal court late Friday fleshes out government charges that Sen. Joseph B. Montoya (D-Whittier), in person and through aides, repeatedly attempted to extort money from lobbyists and individuals who were concerned with bills pending before the Legislature. The court filing names several "victims" of the alleged extortion attempts for the first time, including former National Football League linebacker David Meggyesy, and ex-Sen.
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December 12, 1989 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two representatives of the National Football League Players' Assn. testified Monday that Sen. Joseph B. Montoya asked for money and suggested that a political contribution would produce favorable action on legislation. And a former aide to Montoya testified that the senator was pleased when a Los Angeles sports agent offered to give the senator a campaign contribution of more than $5,000 to ensure that a bill would pass the Legislature.
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December 7, 1989 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Sen. Joseph B. Montoya was so eager to enrich himself that he relied on a staff notation "code green" on his office calendar to remind him when he was scheduled to receive money, prosecutors charged Wednesday as the trial of the Whittier Democrat began. Prosecutors said that greed led Montoya to use his public position to extort money from vulnerable citizens seeking assistance on legislation.
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December 25, 1989 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the last three weeks, witnesses in the corruption trial of Sen. Joseph B. Montoya have consistently portrayed the California Legislature as a place where money talks. Testimony from lobbyists and former Capitol aides--as well as words from the mouths of legislators themselves--have depicted a system where the content of a bill is often less important than the prospect of personal gain for elected officials.
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November 23, 1989 | PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sen. Joseph M. Montoya (D-Whittier) repeatedly and systematically demanded "fees for service"--campaign contributions and honorariums--in exchange for his support of special-interest legislation, federal prosecutors charge in a document filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court. The memorandum, prepared for Montoya's Dec.
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