SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)—State capitol watchers think the allegations of bribery and corruption against State Senator Ron Calderon could be problematic for other Democrats in the Legislature in next year’s elections.
I spoke with some Democrats, but of course the first thing going through everyone’s mind in the Capitol Building in Sacramento is, ‘What did I say? Who did I say it to?’
Part of the issue is money being offered in the form of contributions or jobs for help on legislation. That may be commonplace in Sacramento, but usually it’s done on a more subtle level.
On any given day you can go to a restaurant and there will be a fundraiser for somebody and people are throwing money at them from every labor organization and special business operations. That’s the way it’s done and it’s legal. But it’s when they say, ‘can you hire my kids?’ (And they do) and FBI investigations show that they really aren’t doing the work; that’s when things get tricky.