The Mercury News targeted gubernatorial candidate John Chiang specifically in their article about completely legal donations he and other candidates have received. The idea that an Asian-American is particularly abhorrent to the Bay Area elites.
From Rose Bowl tickets to helicopter rides to all-expenses-paid junkets to China and Mexico, the Merc warns us that the candidates running for California governor (especially Chiang) reported receiving nearly $30,000 in gifts and free travel last year — including from organizations with vested interests in state policy.
State Treasurer Chiang reported a total of $21,855 in gifts and free travel. He was given three separate trips to China over a four-month period, including one paid for by a foundation led by a major donor to his campaign.
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa received $5,265.24 in gifts and travel; State Assemblyman Travis Allen got $1,490.83; and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom took in $1,259, according to state financial disclosure forms the candidates filed this month.
San Diego County businessman John Cox, former state schools chief Delaine Eastin and former Hillary Clinton aide Amanda Renteria reported no gifts or paid travel expenses.
California politicians are allowed to accept most gifts as long as they don’t add up to more than $470 from a single source each year.
In reality none of the candidates violated the law so this is really a non-story. It’s a pathetic example of race baiting by the Bay Area media.