Thursday, February 25, 2010

More Evidence of Cancer in Oakland Mayor’s Race

By Robert Gammon
Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 10:54 AM

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.

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