CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2001
Two Feb. 11 articles, "Bush's Ties to Enron Chief Attract Growing Scrutiny" and "Drug Kingpin's Release Adds to Clemency Uproar," are further evidence of our broken democracy. We need to get big money out of politics. Does anyone believe that Bill Clinton's clemency decision was not affected by political donations? President Bush received over $500,000 from Enron's chief plus flew on Enron jets. Bush turns a deaf ear to California's energy woes but lobbied Pennsylvania Gov. Thomas J. Ridge [in 1997]
October 22, 2012
Here it is, not yet Halloween, and Jerry Brown is already calling for an unmasking. He wants to know exactly who's forked over $11 million in Arizona mystery money to influence California's politics by trying to take down Brown's Prop 30. It's the equivalent of unmarked bills, and he says it's against state law. “I think the law of California is violated in this respect: A committee, when it gets money, particularly of $11 million,...
July 26, 2012
Re "Free speech and fried chicken," Editorial, July 24 I don't agree with Chick-fil-A's anti-gay political donations, but if you disagree with a company's stance, you can choose not to purchase its product or invest money in it. To think that Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino wants to deny Chick-fil-A a business license simply because it exercised its free-speech rights is offensive. That he would use his power to stifle that speech is the epitome of discrimination, especially because there has been no indication that Chick-fil-A has ever refused service because of sexual orientation.
April 11, 2014
Re "Big spenders," Letters, April 8 One letter writer asserts that exposing the Koch brothers' financial involvement in various conservative causes is mudslinging. He claims their political spending is no different than that of major Democratic donors such as George Soros and unions. What the writer fails to acknowledge is that the Kochs fund a web of foundations and organizations created by and for themselves to promote their own views. Their political groups are given populist-sounding names - such as Americans for Prosperity - that distract from their real purpose, which is to protect the Kochs' extraordinary personal fortune.
February 7, 2012 |
The Obama campaign is returning more than $200,000 in campaign donations from relatives of a fugitive and casino baron believed to be tied to political corruption in Mexico. The decision to return the money came after the contributions were flagged by the New York Times. The newspaper reported late Monday that the money was donated by family members of Juan Jose Rojas "Pepe" Cardona, who is believed to have fled to Mexico after facing drug and fraud charges in the United States. Cardona's brothers, Carlos Cardona and Alberto Rojas, both of Chicago, began donating money to and soliciting contributions for the Obama campaign last fall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1998
Re "Supervisors Approve Newhall Ranch Project," Nov. 25. I am writing to praise your coverage of the Newhall Ranch project, especially this article in which the political donations from Newhall Land & Farming Co. contributed to each of the five Los Angeles County supervisors were listed: Mike Antonovich, $69,825; Yvonne Braithwaite Burke, $33,150; Don Knabe, $2,759; Gloria Molina, $12,300, and Zev Yaroslavsky, $18,000. This is crucial information for the public to know. As we are able to follow the money, we the voters will be able to understand the driving forces behind urban sprawl and vote accordingly.
October 8, 2012 |
If President Obama comes back to Los Angeles after Nov. 6, he'll return without his ATM card to withdraw money from the city's deep-pocketed donors for his campaign. So Obama's remarks to 150 or so contributors at the Ritz-Carlton on Sunday night had an air of nostalgia, along with a firm commitment to honor their support by “closing the deal” in the final 30 days of the campaign. “To all of you here tonight, I want to say how grateful I am. But I also want to tell you we're not finished yet,” the president said at his third and final event in the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- California political campaign committees that received money from a secretive network of conservative nonprofits last year, including $11 million from an obscure Arizona group, face hefty penalties from state regulators, officials announced Thursday. The penalties are equivalent to the amount of political donations that California officials say was not properly disclosed. The Small Business Action Committee, which fought Gov. Jerry Brown's tax-hike plan and supported a separate ballot measure aimed at reducing unions' political power, is being ordered to pay $11 million to the state.
April 12, 1989 |
Saying he was "keenly aware" of his "political and moral responsibility," Japanese Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita acknowledged before Parliament on Tuesday that he received nearly $1 million in political donations from the group of companies at the center of a bribery scandal that is shaking his government. Takeshita calmly rejected calls by the opposition that he resign, however, and said he could not run away from his obligation to enact reforms. "For the sake of restoring trust in politics, what is most important is to proceed with political reforms and settle the matter legally and politically as soon as possible," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Ann Ravel, California's top campaign finance watchdog, was nominated to the Federal Election Commission by President Obama on Friday. As chairwoman of the state's Fair Political Practices Commission for the last two years, Ravel has been a consistent critic of the federal government's unwillingness to crack down on secret money in politics. She also received nationwide attention for trying to uncover the donors behind an $11-million contribution that was funneled into California campaigns last year by an Arizona-based nonprofit, Americans for Responsible Leadership.