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10 Mar 2013

Follow the Money: State Releases Disclosure Forms Revealing Gifts to Legislators

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State Sen. Bill Emmerson reported receiving a trip to Brazil worth more than $13,000. State Sen. Bill Emmerson reported receiving a trip to Brazil worth more than $13,000.

Sunshine Week starts Sunday, March 10—so let’s celebrate by shining a light on the gifts received by Coachella Valley-area legislators.

Earlier this month, the California Fair Political Practices Commission released the 2012 Form 700 filings—aka “Statements of Economic Interests.” These documents contain all sorts of information—on investments, loans, etc.—but the most interesting disclosures involve gifts.

One area state senator received a five-digit trip to Brazil; the other received a trip to Australia and New Zealand. One local state assemblyman enjoyed free baseball tickets, while the other went to Disneyland on the house.

Here’s a list of all the reported gifts for four area state legislators.

 

State Sen. Bill Emmerson, District 23

League of California Cities: food and beverage, $19.16

Pacific Gas and Electric: food and beverage, $127.14 and $33.19

National Federation of Independent Business: food and beverage, $31.14

California Newspaper Publishers Association: food and beverage, $88.53

Comcast Cable: food and beverage, $134.82

California Dental Association: food and beverage, $21.22

California Citrus Mutual: oranges, $8.85

Eastern Municipal Water District: food and beverage, $25.12

CaliforniaState Floral Association: flowers, $16.95

CaliforniaHospital Association: food and beverage, $33

CaliforniaBuilding Industry Association: food and beverage, $60.74

HCC Life Insurance Company: food and beverage, $123.39

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan: food and beverage, $21.81

CalChamber: food and beverage, $32.31

Associated General Contractors of California: food and beverage, $38 and $82

NapaValley Vintners: food and beverage, $15.32

California Foundation on Environment and the Economy, “made a speech/participated in a panel,” $493.69 and $809.22

California Foundation on Environment and the Economy, “study travel project on energy issues" (trip to Brazil from Nov. 8 through Nov. 21), $13,846.46.

 

State Sen. Juan Vargas, District 40 (now in the U.S. House of Representatives)

ALS Association, Golden West Chapter: dinner, $63.16

CA Issues Forum: dinner with governor, $87.05

Neighborhood National Bank: dinner with Bob McGill, $50

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee: food and lodging, $420

Union Bank: California Bankers’ Association Dinner, $87

Western States Petroleum Association: dinner at The Kitchen, $323

Phillips 66: dinner at Ella, $77

SDG&E: emergency preparedness backpacks, $119

DCCC: luncheon, $83.50

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce: inaugural dinner, $140.58

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee: panel discussion, lodging (two nights), no amount given

Legislative Council, Parliament of New South Wales: ground transportation, meals and beverage, cultural activities (Nov. 10-15), $2,379

New Zealand Parliament: dinner, Nov. 15, $260

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority: transportation, lunch and souvenir, Nov. 16: $104

Christchurch International Airport Limited: dinner, Nov. 16: $227

(Note on the previous four entries: “Trip was sponsored by the California International Relations Office to Australia and New Zealand and was attended by myself and my wife.”)

 

Assemblyman Brian Nestande, District 42

Edvoice: food and drink, $86 and $48

John A. Perez for Assembly 2012: food and drink, $23, $28, $50; gift—engraved box, $39; gift—glass bowl, $88

Comcast Corporation and Affliated Entities: food and drink, $32; Oakland A’s tickets, $175

Council for Legislative Excellence: dinner, $81

California Tribal Business Alliance: food/drink/entertainment, $66

City of Los Angeles: airport parking and shuttle services for official business only, OntarioAirport, $1,220

Institute of Government Relations: made a speech/participated in a panel, $1,376

Edvoice: made a speech/participated in a panel, $836

 

Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez, District 80/56

California Issues Forum: meal, $65.26

Walt Disney Company: Disneyland park tickets, $348

California Tomato Growers’ Association: meal, $233.74

Covanta Energy: meal, $50.21

FexEx: meal, $271.25

California Professional Firefighters: authentic fire helmet, $152

Comcast Corporation and Affiliated Entities, Including NBC Universal media: park ticket, $94.79

Barona Band of Mission Indians: meal, $85.17

California Democratic Party: meal, $67.71

John A. Perez for Assembly 2012: personalized green glass bowl, $85.80

California Latino Caucus Leadership Political Action Committee: caricature and frame, $79

Desert Hot Springs Chamber: meals, $50

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