Some believe they violate state law aimed at preventing trade of influence for donations.
By MIKE REICHER and TONY SAAVEDRA/ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
The Orange County Register confirmed the vote and the settlement through court documents and interviews with officials involved in the case.
State law prohibits officers with special agencies, such as CalOptima, from voting on certain items benefiting donors who have contributed within 12 months before or three months after the vote. Integrated Healthcare donated $1,000 in July 2011 and another $250 in February 2012, about three weeks before the vote, to Nguyen.
The IHHI settlement vote is one of at least four concerning CalOptima that Nguyen made, and which benefited donors to her campaign.
A federal-state task force looking for corruption in Orange County has been asking questions about the IHHI settlement vote, according to three public officials who were interviewed by FBI agents or district attorney investigators.
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