Skip to comments.CA: Perata sets up defense fund (PeRATaGate )
Posted on 02/06/2005 12:34:31 PM PST by NormsRevenge
Senate leader Don Perata, whose business dealings are the subject of an FBI public corruptions probe, has set up a legal defense fund headed by Howard Janssen, a former assistant district attorney for Alameda County.
The fund committee sent letters to 200 friends and supporters this week asking for donations.
The Senate president pro tem is following the model established by former President Clinton by seeking support only from people who do not have any pressing legislative interest, spokesman Jason Kinney said.
The fund "allows elected officials to focus on doing the people's work without being distracted by the unfortunate and unwarranted attacks that are an occupational hazard of holding public office," Kinney said.
The FBI probe became public knowledge in November, when investigators began issuing subpoenas in the case. Federal agents searched the senator's home in December but have not contacted him since, Kinney said.
The fund-raising letters say Perata and his family are being subjected to "an unfair and unwarranted investigation that appears to be politically motivated."
(Excerpt) Read more at contracostatimes.com ...
Don is on the grill for, among other things, paying his son over $700,000 for consulting services. He has over the years been one of the leading lights in efforts to eliminate corruption in California government.
Senator Perata is one of the leading proponents of gun control in the CA legislature. He sees no conflict between this fact and the fact that he has one of the few concealed carry permits issued to civilians in the state.
At least his hypocrisy is consistent.
I understand that Di Fi has one as well.
But of course!
That is a chunk of change. He needs to get a lawyer.
Well, now I feel all better.
Learned from the best apparently. Too bad for Perata, he got caught.
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