Here is a link to my appearance on the local ABC news.
Here is an excerpt:
Eyewitness News asked Professor Jessica Levinson of Loyola Law
School, a specialist in election law, to view the videos. "Sheriff Baca
-- as Sheriff Baca -- is promoting this product," she says. "He's saying
it's a good product. He's telling his guys that it's a good idea to use
Sheriff Baca does not appear in uniform
himself. However, graphics used to introduce his speeches and promote
his overall endorsement of Yor Health do show Baca in his Sheriff's
Department uniform. "So, he's very clearly there as Sheriff Baca, not
just as Lee Baca, Joe Citizen off the street," says Levinson.
Eyewitness News has learned that Sheriff Baca received a $1,000
campaign donation from Yor Health in May of 2010. Three months later,
Baca was a guest speaker at his first Yor Health annual conference. In
2012, Baca reported on an income disclosure statement that he accepted
$527 in reimbursement from Yor Health for travel expenses to speak at
their annual conference in Las Vegas.
But does Baca's
endorsement of Yor Health violate L.A. County Conflict of Interest
codes, which prohibit the use of "the badge, uniform, prestige or
influence" for private gain?
Professor Levinson does not
believe that Sheriff Baca has crossed that legal line, but she does
think it raises questions about his judgment. "I'm not convinced he's
kicked over that threshold, but when we look at the purpose of the
conflict of interest statutes and the spirit of the law, then I think
it's perfectly fair to ask questions" says Professor Levinson.
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