City Attorney Candidate Greg Smith calls out Mike Feuer's "$30,000 in Questionable Contributions" from Bet Tzedek Associates
A contributor to a popular Los Angeles political blog has accused executives of Bet Tzedek Legal Services, one of whom is now a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, of making illegal donations to the campaign of Los Angeles city attorney candidate Michael Feuer.Scott Johnson, posting Saturday on “Mayor Sam’s Sister City,” alleged that a $1,000 donation by Holly Fujie in October 2011—two months prior to her appointment to the bench—and other donations made between October 2010 and June of last year violated rules prohibiting city contractors, bidders for contracts, and officers of organizations that are contractors or are bidding for contracts from donating to city candidates if the amount of the contract or proposed contract exceeds $100,000.The Feuer campaign did not respond to a MetNews request for comment..
Back at the debate, an eyewitness provided more background on Smith's comments.
Greg smith has definitely followed up on your story. he did some digging and raised the ante: smith told the audience at the temple israel of hollywood debate that feuer raised $30,000 from bet tzedek board members and executives. feuer did not respond. smith made the remark in the context of pointing out that he (smith) had to self-fund his campaign because he was an outsider candidate who didn't have access to big-time city hall contributors - like bet tzedek. later, during the reception after the main event, smith said he was expecting someone to file an ethics complaint about this matter which, he believes, will dog feuer throughout the campaign. smith also said, again after the debate, that if he had had a chance to ask feuer a direct question (each candidate got to ask one question of a rival - but who you posed the question to was decided by lottery), he would have asked feuer if he personally solicited the contributions from bet tzedek
We should note that Smith's temerity in seeking Feuer's comments may have resulted in some alteration/deletion of his comments from the live streaming video of last nights proceedings. At the 42:15 mark in the debate, Smith makes his $30,000 comment, but for whatever reason, the comment is deleted.
This fact should be reason enough for Debate Moderator Jim Newton's "supposed fishwrap of record", to invest story budget on this growing fundraising scandal.
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Scott Johnson in CD 14