Top Democrats Use Campaign Funds for Staff Pay, Legal Fees

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Democrat Don Perata of Oakland is president pro tem of the State Senate. He’s also been under federal investigation for four years. FBI agents have raided his home. E-mails and other documents have been subpoenaed. The Sacramento Bee says Perata’s legal expenses have added up to almost two million dollars. Now, the paper reports that the state Democratic Party has helped him out with 450,000 dollars from political contributions. Some party members are saying that money was supposed to be spent on campaigns against Republicans.

Credits

Guests:
Roger Salazar - Spokesman, California Democratic Party, Rick Jacobs - Courage Campaign - @rickjacobs, Bob Stern - Center for Governmental Studies

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Christian Bordal