December 1, 1999 |
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 |
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.
April 2, 2000 |
It may be a Grand Old Party, but in Massachusetts, top Republicans can't be having a lot of fun. Bad enough that Gov. Paul Cellucci is under fire for overspending on everything from extravagant junkets to the Big Dig, the $12.5-billion highway project that has made Bay State drivers crazy for almost 10 years. Bad enough that his presidential pick-to-click, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, was creamed in the primary here by Arizona Sen. John McCain.
June 24, 2000 |
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 |
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.
May 21, 1993 |
At the urging of a leading Latino lawmaker, Republican Assemblyman William J. (Pete) Knight on Thursday issued a public apology on the Assembly floor for his distribution of a poem disparaging illegal immigrants. Knight made his apology during an emotion-tinged session at which Assemblyman Richard Polanco (D-Los Angeles), chairman of the legislative Latino caucus, said that the racist verse had "offended an entire community."