Jerry Brown Opens Door for Big Donors

State Attorney General Jerry Brown has solicited nearly $10 million from big donors on behalf of his two pet charter schools since 2006 — the most that any state elected official has collected in charitable contributions, according to the Chron. Ethics experts say that what Brown did was legal, but raised concerns that the attorney general was offering access to donors in exchange for the huge donations. “It gives them great access,” Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angles and former general counsel of the state Fair Political Practices Commission, told the newspaper. “If I said, ‘Would you give $50,000 to my favorite charity?’ and you do … and I call you up the next day, I think you’d take my call.”

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