REQUIRED READING: "Money Flows To Council Coffers"
Today I got my answer: there's one named Kerry Cavanaugh at the L.A. Daily News.
Read Cavanaugh's article, "Money Flows To Council Coffers" to see how local career politicians take "contributions" from special interests in "officeholder accounts."
How much? "Since 2004, City Council members, the mayor, city attorney and city controller collectively have raised more than $1.6 million in the accounts . . . ."
So we're clear: these are accounts separate and apart from campaign fund contributions, and are used to accept money even when there's no election pending or even on the horizon.
Graft is graft, whether the money goes into a refrigerator freezer or an "officeholder account." Public officials have no legitimate reason to take money from special interests in the absence of an election campaign.
Here's the page: http://www.dailynews.com/ci_4209553