30 September 2014
Attn: DA Tony Rackauckas
Re: Michelle Steel Violation of Orange County Campaign Reform
Ordinance Section 1-6-11 – Accepting Contributions in Excess of the Limit
Dear Mr. Rackauckas:
This is a Formal Complaint against Michelle Steel, a candidate for Orange County Supervisor, who has accepted contributions for legal expenses that exceed the current contribution limit of $1,900, in violation of Section 1-6-11 of the Orange County Campaign Reform Ordinance. Mrs. Steel’s opponent is Assemblyman Allan Mansoor.
Mrs. Steel’s ballot designation as a “Taxpayer Advocate” was challenged by Chad Morgan (Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Allan Mansoor). The court ruled in favor of the plaintiff and ordered Mrs. Steel to pay the plaintiff’s legal fees. Mrs. Steel subsequently established a separate committee entitled “Michelle Steel Legal Defense Fund” (ID 1367560) to accept contributions which were then used to pay $l8,000 in legal fees to Chad Morgan and another $l7,000 in legal fees to her attorneys (Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk LLP). A total of $35,000 was contributed to this fund by the following entities: Continue reading