Friday, March 10, 2006

Grinding Meathead - Part Deux

Rob Reiner has some e'splainin' to do. California's extremely liberal legislators through a committee vote of 11 to 0 has decided to perform an audit of Reiner's performance as chairman of a state commission that allocates tobacco tax revenue for various uses (an approaching 1/3 billion dollar Reiner "favor" fund). It's about time.

I wonder if our lawmakers will come up with Meathead Sausage ...

... watch, as the handle turns.

From the Daily News -

The auditor will focus on whether the First Five Commission's $23 million ad campaign promoting preschool constituted an improper use of public funds for political purposes. The ads ran as Reiner worked to qualify a universal preschool initiative on the June ballot.

Sen. David Cox, R-Roseville, who called for the audit along with Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer, D-Glendale, said the committee's expenditure represents "a clear conflict of interest" and "violates the spirit, if not the letter of the law."

Cox said he also wants the audit to look into what he called a lack of competitive bidding in hiring of consultants and unusually high payments to them.

Cox compared the situation to scandals involving use of public funds for political purposes that led to the downfall of former Republican Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush and former Democratic Secretary of State Kevin Shelley.
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