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Entries by Jessica Levinson from 09/2010

Charitable Giving: A Path Towards Corruption?

| Posted 09.08.2010 | Politics
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Are corporations trying to be good corporate citizens, promoting good causes during a time when many charitable foundations are stretched thin? Or are these corporations trying to curry favor with politicians?

Chartering Towards Destruction: The Real Cause of the Scandals in Bell and Vernon

| Posted 09.10.2010 | Los Angeles

How did officials get away with giving themselves exorbitant salaries, top notch medical insurance, hefty retirement plans, and high-paying consulting gigs? The answer is charter cities.

Campaign Contributions to Judges: Improving the Third Branch or Touching the Third Rail?

| Posted 09.15.2010 | Politics

Whether or not some judges actually are influenced by campaign contributors, the perception that they are is lethal. How can we be expected to play by the rules if we don't think the rules will apply equally?

Is Money Speaking in California's Race for Governor?

| Posted 09.23.2010 | Politics

Meg Whitman, in her maiden campaign for elected office, has spent more of her own money on her gubernatorial bid, approximately $120 million, than any other candidate in American history.

Brown and Whitman Face-Off: Many Differences, Few Surprises

| Posted 09.29.2010 | Politics

We could perhaps see Whitman as the unfailingly organized schoolmarm, and Brown as the rebel rousing student. Perhaps their only area of agreement is that California is in a bind.