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Friday, August 30, 2019

Allegations of O.C. Assemblyman Lavishly Spending Campaign Funds Draw Scrutiny From Watchdog

Focusing on the relevant sections of this article:

California’s campaign watchdog said Thursday that it’s investigating allegations that a sitting state lawmaker used campaign funds to fly his family to a Boston Red Sox baseball game, among other purported examples of lavish spending.

The Fair Political Practices Commission released a letter saying it is reviewing allegations that Republican Assemblyman Bill Brough of Dana Point improperly used campaign funds to benefit himself and his family.


The latest complaint was filed by conservative activist and blogger Aaron Park.

He says campaign spending records show Brough “took a two-day pleasure trip” to Boston with his wife and two children in 2017 to take in a Red Sox game before joining other members of the Legislature’s informal “Irish Caucus” in Ireland. He alleges that Brough improperly used his campaign fund to pay more than $2,700 for airfare and a hotel.

To be honest, isn’t it refreshing for a story involving dubious political spending and baseball to not involve stadium financing?


QLE Posted: August 30, 2019 at 05:10 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. bfan Posted: August 30, 2019 at 07:47 AM (#5875506)
I am a little confused about why this article about improper campaign spending by a politician made it to this site. I know of other such stories involving, in terms of pecking order, more prominent politicians, making the rounds this week, that are not on this site.
   2. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: August 30, 2019 at 07:50 AM (#5875507)
Don't call it that.
   3. My name is RMc and I feel extremely affected Posted: August 30, 2019 at 10:03 AM (#5875527)
Brough's political affiliation is mentioned early in the story, in the second paragraph. (Now, you know what party he's in without having to look!)
   4. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: August 30, 2019 at 10:29 AM (#5875549)
The latest complaint was filed by conservative activist and blogger Aaron Park.
This might be the most baseball-related segment of the piece. When the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Committee turned over the main stadium to the Braves, everyone assumed that it was going to be named something like Aaron Park. Instead Ted Turner named it for himself, because of course Ted Turner named it for himself. They named the road it was on for Hank.

I assume that our conservative blogger's parents were outraged by Turner's decision, possibly many years before Turner even made it (it should have been easy to anticipate), and so decided to name their son after the Hammer as an attempt to partially make up for Turner's shortcomings.
   5. QLE Posted: August 30, 2019 at 12:48 PM (#5875630)
#1- I saw this article on the AP Baseball wire- and not whatever other stories you have in mind.....

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