Former District Attorney Tony Rackauckas demoted his Chief of Staff Susan Kang Schroeder, along with at least several other people, on his way out of the office in an attempt to ensure they had jobs, but Schroeder resigned Jan. 14, according to DA Todd Spitzer.
Susan Kang Schroeder, Chief of Staff for OC District Attorney Tony Rackauckas weighs in on the DA’s race, providing her top 10 reasons why Rackauckas should remain as DA and his opponent, Todd Spitzer, should not be elected to the post.
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas faces a $21,000 fine from the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) for failing to publicly report more than $190,000 he solicited for a charity he heads, according to the FPPC board meeting agenda released Monday.
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.