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Sure We Can Give Your Money Away; We're The Government

Here's today's quiz:  Can a City Council donate public monies to a non-profit corporation, such as a Chamber of Commerce, where a City Council member is also on the Board of the Chamber and his wife is an executive of the Chamber?

If you guessed no, then you guessed wrong. 

Yes, I said "No" was wrong, believe it or not, despite the number of double negatives and double entendres in that sentence. 

That's right, according to lame duck California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, a City Council can donate to the Chamber, even though a City Council member and his wife are involved with the Chamber.  According to Mr. Lockyer, Esquire, the City can donate money to the Chamber under California Government Code section 1090. 

Just in case you're wondering, here's what the statute says (so you can ensure Mr. Lockyer, Esquire has it right):  "Members of the Legislature, state, county, district, judicial district, and city officers or employees shall not be financially interested in any contract made by them in their official capacity, or by any body or board of which they are members."

See if you can figure it out.  If you're like me and you can't, his opinion is here

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Friday, November 24, 2006 at 19:31 Comments (0)


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