Angelides wants foreign travel fund disclosure
Two nonprofit groups with close ties to the administration also helped pay for the trip but neither has released its list of contributors. The California Protocol Foundation, which sought contributions of $50,000 for the trip, is run under the auspices of the California Chamber of Commerce and is not required to release the names of its contributors. The California Commission for Jobs and Economic Growth, which Schwarzenegger helped found two years ago but no longer has any authority over, also is not required to release its supporters. Spokesman Rufus Jeffris said the organization intends to report its contributors for the China trip soon. Angelides said he does not yet have a sponsor for his proposed bill. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – State Treasurer Phil Angelides on Monday called for legislation that would require disclosure of all private contributions used to pay for foreign travel by the governor. Angelides, one of two Democratic candidates looking to challenge Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s re-election next year, questioned whether Schwarzenegger had reported all sources of private money used to pay for his recent six-day trade mission to China. “The public interest is served by more openness and transparency in government, not more shadows and secrets,” Angelides said in a telephone news conference with reporters. The treasurer said he had no specific evidence of anything improper, but rather cited media reports that showed that as many as two dozen members of the trade delegation contributed a combined $2.5 million to the governor’s political campaigns. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “I just want to know who paid for the trip,” Angelides said. “I think it’s a legitimate question he should answer.” Aides to the governor said most sources of money for the trip have been or will be disclosed. One source is private money donated to a special account for trade promotion held by the state Business, Transportation and Housing Agency. Spokesman Chris Nance said the agency has not completed an accounting of how much money was spent during the trip and who contributed but will have a report available soon. About $250,000 came from a federal grant used to promote agricultural products. “All the areas that we have control over will be disclosed,” said Margita Thompson, spokeswoman for the governor.