Federal agents wheeled boxes out of Sen. Ron Calderon’s Capitol office after dark on Tuesday night and exited through the garage, ending the first such raid in nearly three decades. The agents spent hours in Calderon’s office before leaving with three cardboard boxes and multiple plastic cases, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The FBI also searched the offices of the Legislature’s Latino Caucus. Recent filings show that the Latino Caucus Leadership PAC raised just over $74,000 in campaign contributions in 2013 through the start of May, with the largest coming from the plastic bag manufacturer Hilex Poly, a California real estate political action committee, NBC Universal and the Viejas tribal government, according to the Sacramento Bee.
The FBI did not disclose reason for the search warrants, but Eyewitness News has learned the investigation is potentially tied to the Central Basin Municipal Water District and the agency’s contracts and bidding practices, according to KABC News.
Calderon, D-Montebello, 55, a business-friendly lawmaker who belongs to a family political dynasty, is serving out his final two years as a representative of the 30th Senate District. Two of his brothers have previously served in the Legislature, and his nephew Ian Calderon now serves in the state Assembly, according to the Sacramento Bee.
The Los Angeles Times reported in 2011 that a Los Angeles County water district had awarded millions of dollars in contracts to politically connected individuals, including more than $750,000 in consulting fees since 2004 to former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, one of Ron Calderon’s brothers.