San Diego Council Prez Makes Illegal Contribution to Brother

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$25,000 Handout for Brother Felipe's Campaign

Apparently, he though no one would notice. At least that’s what San Diego City Council President Ben Hueso must have been thinking when he diverted $25,000 in funds from his own campaign coffers for state assembly, to the campaign accounts of his brother Felipe, who is running to replace him on the city council.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, on October 7, Ben Hueso gave the monies from his campaign to a group called San Diegans for Healthy Neighborhoods and Strong Economy, a group created by local unions for one purpose: to see that brother Felipe get elected to the San Diego City Council. State law specifically prohibits transferring money raised for one candidate or cause to another.

Los Angeles-based campaign consultant Robert Stern said the contribution was clearly illegal. “He shouldn’t be doing this anyway … He is obviously trying to inject money in that (campaign) the law says he shouldn’t be doing.”

Campaign spokeswoman for Ben Hueso, Paola Avila, initially defended the contribution, but later backtracked admitting that the move violated the law. The Fair Political Practices Commission is looking into the matter, and has the authority to assess fines if wrongdoing is determined.

San Diego Union-Tribune

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