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Campaign Contributions to Elected Officials Do Not Create Legal Conflicts of Interest, Reaffirmed

Many are surprised to learn that campaign contributions to local elected officials do not create legal conflicts of interest, which would prohibit the public official from voting on matters involving the campaign contributor.

The issue was revisited in a fairly recent California Court of Appeal decision, All Towing Services LLC v. City of Orange (October 2013) 220 Cal.App, 4th 946. The facts of that case involve a solicitation of proposals for towing services by the City of Orange. The City awarded contracts to several of the tow companies that submitted proposals. However, an unsuccessful proposer sued the City

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The Business of Your Local Government Agency is Your Business – a Primer on the Brown Act (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this primer on the Ralph M. Brown Act (“Brown Act”), the laws requiring meetings of elected or appointed members of a public entity be open to the public were discussed. The legislative intent and state policy that public agencies exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business was cited.

Part 2 will discuss the notice and agenda requirements of the Brown Act.

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