Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen has been cleared by county prosecutors of violating state conflict of interest laws when she voted on contracts valued at $300,000 awarded to a campaign contributor. But just because her actions are legal they are not necessarily ethical.
A 600 page complaint filed by former Democratic Party of Orange County Chairman Frank Barbaro alleges illegal contributions that helped lead to the Republican take-over of the reigns of Irvine city government. A total of $186,000 was poured into the Irvine mayoral and City Council races by Irvine resident and Republican consultant Jon Fleischman through California Term Limits PAC, which was formed three months before the election.
The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has issued warning letters to two supporters of the 2010 Recall campaign targeting former Mayor Lance MacLean. The letters indicate reporting violations regarding the failure to file timely and accurate expenditure information by the campaign, and the failure of a major donor to file required disclosures.