Spitzer requested the federal takeover Monday, citing “continuing revelations of scandal” under DA Tony Rackauckas. Rackauckas’ office fired back, accusing Spitzer of using his position as county supervisor to campaign for his own run for District Attorney.
Craig Hunter, the former chief investigator to District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, claims the DA interfered in political corruption investigations of his political allies. The DA’s office is disputing Hunter’s legal claim.
Under California law, lobbyists and wealthy political contributors can make large cash donations requested, or behested, by the office holders for their favorite charities. The practice has become big political business in recent years.
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has accused county Supervisor Todd Spitzer of “falsely impersonating” an assistant district attorney, the latest salvo in a years-long public feud between the two politicians.
In a scathing report, independent legal authorities evaluating the jailhouse informants scandal found District Attorney Tony Rackauckas’ office has a “win at all costs” mentality and is in need of a substantial reorganization.
The Fair Political Practices Commission said it was satisfied with District Attorney Tony Rackauckas’ response to revelations that he had allowed his chief of staff Susan Schroeder to avoid filing financial disclosures, but told him not to let it happen again.
Susan Kang Schroeder rushed to file five years worth of overdue public conflict of interest statements Wednesday after her failure to disclose was scheduled for a public discussion by the Board of Supervisors.