October 8, 2007

L.A. Times expose on Nuñez junkets

The Los Angeles Times has written an expose about the luxury junkets being taken by Speaker of the California Assembly, Fabian Nuñez. Entitled “Nuñez travels the world like a high roller” the article describes how the Speaker has “traveled the world in luxury, paying with campaign funds for visits to some of the finest hotels and restaurants and for purchases at high-end retailers such as Louis Vuitton in Paris.”

In a sad and familiar refrain, the Times also reports that “it is not clear how these activities have related to legislative business, as state law requires, because the Los Angeles Democrat refuses to provide details on tens of thousands of dollars in such expenditures.”

Haven’t we been here before? California’s politicians seem to be far better at taking these junkets then they are at making quality policies- especially as it relates to international business and trade. We have harshly criticized Governor Schwarzenegger for the “undisclosed donors” he uses fund his international trips, and it is disconcerting to learn that this kind of corruption has apparently also spread to the Legislature. Read the whole sorry story at this link: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-nunez5oct05,1,1069266.story?page=1&cset=true&ctrack=1&coll=la-headlines-california

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