The Berkeley Daily Planet has uncovered more evidence of Don Perata using his cancer-research initiative to bolster his campaign for mayor of Oakland. Columnist Jesse Allen-Taylor discovered that Perata paid a consultant $30,600 last year from his cancer-research initiative and nothing from his mayoral campaign, even though that person, Bruce Goddard, had worked as a spokesman on the mayoral campaign.
The evidence revealed by the Planet comes on the heels of an Express investigative story that showed that Perata has intermingled the cancer-research initiative and his mayoral campaign in ways that skirt California law and help his run for mayor. The former state senator also has used the cancer-research-initiative funds to finance his legendary lavish lifestyle, including dining at posh restaurants and staying at exclusive hotels. Perata has called these expenditures “fund-raising,” even though he raised no funds.