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April 2, 2000 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush rejected recommendations from his own legal team that some of the biggest insurance companies in the state be fined hundreds of millions of dollars for mishandling claims in the aftermath of the devastating Northridge earthquake.
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April 19, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI and JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The full nature of the law enforcement raids on city halls in Cudahy and Bell Gardens is unclear, but some observers suspect that investigators are probing whether the city managers of both cities violated conflict-of-interest laws by voting for measures that eventually cleared the way for their appointments. The ascendancy of the city managers followed strikingly similar paths. George Perez, a former Cudahy councilman, was appointed to his post last year by council allies.
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July 23, 1997 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Webster L. Hubbell first found himself out of a job and in the cross hairs of Whitewater prosecutors three years ago, the embattled former law partner of Hillary Rodham Clinton was embraced by a network of presidential aides and supporters who tended to his financial needs. The network performed spectacularly, steering 14 or more deals and other benefits to Hubbell, worth about a half million dollars. But what motivated this extraordinary effort?
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June 24, 2000 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If ever there was a politician whose days seemed numbered, it would be Kishiro Nakamura. The 51-year-old former construction minister has been convicted of accepting a bribe of nearly $100,000 in exchange for political favors. He was forced to resign from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which had served as the launch pad for seven of his eight previous elections. He tops the "dump list" compiled by citizens' groups that are targeting tainted candidates for defeat.
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December 1, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl admitted Tuesday that he kept secret bank accounts to finance his party's campaigns, taking responsibility for an affair that may tarnish his standing as a leading European statesman. After being grilled for three hours by leaders of his Christian Democratic Union, or CDU, Kohl said he regretted a "lack of transparency" but dismissed charges that he had been bribed during his 16 years as chancellor. "I reject in the strongest terms all the allegations . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI and JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The full nature of the law enforcement raids on city halls in Cudahy and Bell Gardens is unclear, but some observers suspect that investigators are probing whether the city managers of both cities violated conflict-of-interest laws by voting for measures that eventually cleared the way for their appointments. The ascendancy of the city managers followed strikingly similar paths. George Perez, a former Cudahy councilman, was appointed to his post last year by council allies.
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June 24, 2000 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If ever there was a politician whose days seemed numbered, it would be Kishiro Nakamura. The 51-year-old former construction minister has been convicted of accepting a bribe of nearly $100,000 in exchange for political favors. He was forced to resign from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which had served as the launch pad for seven of his eight previous elections. He tops the "dump list" compiled by citizens' groups that are targeting tainted candidates for defeat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1995 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three mid-level city officials apparently violated Los Angeles' ethics code--but not its ethics laws--by soliciting campaign contributions from subordinates on city time, according to a report obtained Thursday. The report summarized a two-month-long City Ethics Commission probe into allegations that the three pressured officials of the Municipal Construction Inspectors Assn. to have the union make a $5,000 campaign contribution to Councilman Richard Alatorre.
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July 29, 2013 | By Sandra Hernandez
When Isaac Galvan won a seat on the Compton City Council last month, the 26-year-old made history, becoming the first Latino elected to the council. But as The Times' Abby Sewell and Angel Jennings reported Monday, Galvan's victory is already at risk of being eclipsed by questions about his failure to file any of the required campaign finance disclosures for the primary and runoff elections, as well as his decision to hire an aide with criminal convictions for political misconduct.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2013
Compton's Latino residents were jubilant when a Latino candidate was elected to city office for the first time this summer, but just a few weeks into Isaac Galvan's term, some are  already having misgivings  about the councilman. Times reporter Abby Sewell will join L.A. Now Live at 9 a.m. for a live discussion about Galvan.   State officials are considering whether to open an investigation into Galvan's failure to file required campaign finance reports. Galvan, 26, has not filed any of the required campaign finance disclosures for the primary and runoff elections.
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April 2, 2000 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush rejected recommendations from his own legal team that some of the biggest insurance companies in the state be fined hundreds of millions of dollars for mishandling claims in the aftermath of the devastating Northridge earthquake.
NEWS
December 1, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl admitted Tuesday that he kept secret bank accounts to finance his party's campaigns, taking responsibility for an affair that may tarnish his standing as a leading European statesman. After being grilled for three hours by leaders of his Christian Democratic Union, or CDU, Kohl said he regretted a "lack of transparency" but dismissed charges that he had been bribed during his 16 years as chancellor. "I reject in the strongest terms all the allegations . . .
NEWS
July 23, 1997 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Webster L. Hubbell first found himself out of a job and in the cross hairs of Whitewater prosecutors three years ago, the embattled former law partner of Hillary Rodham Clinton was embraced by a network of presidential aides and supporters who tended to his financial needs. The network performed spectacularly, steering 14 or more deals and other benefits to Hubbell, worth about a half million dollars. But what motivated this extraordinary effort?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1995 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three mid-level city officials apparently violated Los Angeles' ethics code--but not its ethics laws--by soliciting campaign contributions from subordinates on city time, according to a report obtained Thursday. The report summarized a two-month-long City Ethics Commission probe into allegations that the three pressured officials of the Municipal Construction Inspectors Assn. to have the union make a $5,000 campaign contribution to Councilman Richard Alatorre.
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August 11, 1995 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Orange County district attorney's investigation into allegations that Supervisor Roger R. Stanton revealed confidential information concerning the county's lawsuit against Merrill Lynch & Co. isn't the first time a top county official has come under prosecutorial scrutiny. Dist. Atty. Michael R. Capizzi and other law enforcement officials made names for themselves in the 1970s in investigations that led to the downfall of three supervisors and other top county leaders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1997 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Republican campaign aide on trial for alleged political misconduct in a controversial 1995 special election pleaded guilty Wednesday to a single misdemeanor in another case involving a 1992 Diamond Bar City Council race. Rhonda Carmony, 26, was sentenced to three years of informal probation and ordered to pay fines totaling $13,500.
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