Saturday, August 10, 2013

Spokesman for California Assembly Speaker John Perez wears many hats

Quoted in this piece in the Sacramento Bee

Here is an excerpt: 

It's an unusual arrangement, even in a Capitol that thrives on close relationships between elected officials and the interest groups they govern.
"It seems like he's serving two masters," said Jessica Levinson, an expert in political ethics at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
"He may be doing a great job serving both of them, and he may not be doing anything improper. But at the very least it feels uncomfortable and improper because he is serving a legislator and serving clients who seek to influence that legislator."
Even with the distinction between lobbying and communications, Levinson said, working for the Assembly leader likely helps Maviglio solicit business from interest groups.
"As a private sector client, it makes all the sense in the world to hire someone who has the ear of a powerful legislator," she said.

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