Data Center: Sen. Ron Calderon took $40,000 in gifts during last decade

preese@sacbee.comJune 5, 2013 

State Sen. Ron Calderon likes to golf, and several of the state's corporations and special interest groups are happy to support his hobby.

Calderon has taken roughly $40,000 worth of gifts from lobbyist employers since 2000, more than double the amount of gifts given to any other legislator during that period, according to a Bee review of lobbyist disclosure reports filed with the California Secretary of State. Included among those gifts were $6,000 worth of golf outings, tickets and equipment.

Calderon's wife directly accepted another $6,000 worth of gifts over that period. His chief deputy, Rocky Rushing, accepted another $5,000.

The FBI raided the offices of Calderon, D-Montebello, on Tuesday, executing a search warrant. FBI officials declined to give details on their investigation. Calderon's lawyer said his client has done nothing wrong.

Calderon has previously stated that the gifts he receives from corporations and special interest groups have no bearing on how he votes in the Legislature. Legislators are allowed to accept gifts, so long as they abide by annual limits.

This chart shows each of the gifts over $100 that Calderon has received since 2000, according to the California Secretary of State.

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