Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Friday
Just when you thought you’d had heard the last about Mike Feuer’s ethics scandal, Mike Feuer gives the story new legs by admitting, in writing, that he broke the city’s campaign finance law. But Feuer only made that admission after he tricked the city into giving him another $350,000 of our tax money to fund his campaign.
Here’s the latest in this sad saga of Mike Feuer’s ethics scandal: During the primary election, Feuer promised the city he would not spend more than $1,259,000 (the so-called spending cap) on his campaign (Holding a Shallman Consulted Campaign to a spending cap, is like rationing Mayor Villar's access to "Telebimbos"). On April 11, Mike Feuer signed a document saying he spent $1,267,155 – or about $8,000 more than the spending cap. So, Feuer broke the law.
Now here’s the really sleazy part: On April 2 and April 4, Feuer obtained an additional $350,000 in city subsidies for his campaign from the city. On April 11, after obtaining the money, Feuer informed the city – under pain of committing perjury – that his funding exceeded the cap and that he broke the law.
It stands to reason that if Feuer had informed the city Ethics Commission that he violated the law before asking for the $350,000 the commission would not have released the money to him. The law is clear: you break the spending cap, you don’t get the city money. The city does NOT reward law-breakers. At least that’s the way it's supposed to work.
When Mike Feuer saw this problem (how could he acknowledge violating the cap and still get the $350,000?), he resolved it this way: he’d get the money first – then he’d acknowledge violating the law. And that’s exactly what he did.
What are the possible legal remedies?
This Friday (tomorrow, May 10), Feuer’s critics – former UCLA professor Laura Lake and the non-profit group, Fix the City Inc. - will be in LA Superior Court (Temple St., Downtown LA) Dept. 86, at 8:30 am to seek a temporary restraining order to prevent Feuer from spending a dime of his ill-gotten $350,000. Unfortunately, Feuer may reveal during that court hearing that he’s already spent the money on campaign ads.
If that’s what has happened, then the bottom-line will be: Feuer lied to illegally obtain $350,000 from taxpayers and is now well on his way to using those tax dollars he stole from us to win the election. That’s pretty amazing.
This latest Feuer scam was discovered by the same group that’s already suing Feuer over other, very significant campaign violations (like receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal in-kind contributions from a City Hall insider!!). The group released its latest findings Wednesday. They were promptly reported by the LA Times, the same newspaper that has called Feuer’s other campaign finance dealings “troubling,” “unusual” and “fishy enough to be worthy of an investigation.”
The political air raid sirens are sounding off again! More from zee bloggin bunker later.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14