Per John Hrabe at California Political Review, State Senator Mimi Walters even beats the corrupt Sen. Ron Calderon in sucking freebies out of her supporters and constituents. Walters is termed out, and running for the 45th Congressional District against a number of declared candidates, including County Supervisor John Moorlach (whose campaign website is now up). Hrabe’s lead:
A new report by California Common Cause shows that elected officials in California accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gifts in 2012. The gifts to lawmakers, according to the non-partisan citizens’ lobby organization, came primarily from special interest groups that routinely lobby state officials. “Christmas came early for many of the Capitol’s most powerful,” said Phillip Ung, author of the report and outgoing policy advocate for California Common Cause. “When gifts are exchanged, a feeling of gratitude is natural, but voters should be concerned how policymakers show their gratitude towards powerful interest groups.”
Walters already has some ethics issues per the Los Angeles Times last year:
The state’s ethics agency is investigating whether state Sen. Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Niguel) violated conflict-of-interest laws when her office placed phone calls to California prison officials about the status of a financial claim her husband’s company had filed. The inquiry was disclosed in a written notice to Walters’ attorney by Gary Winuk, chief of enforcement for the state Fair Political Practices Commission. He wrote that his office “will be pursuing an investigation regarding whether or not Sen. Walters violated the Political Reform Act’s conflict-of-interest prohibitions.” The Times reported last month that the state had paid $74,400 to a company co-owned by Walters’ husband after her office made repeated calls to at least four officials to check on the claim.