BREAKING: Perata gets $500,000 from builders, scuttles builder-opposed bills
|This week, just as Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata put on hold an eight-bill package of flood-protection legislation, one of his political committees received a $500,000 donation from the California Building Industry Association (CBIA), one of the package's biggest opponents. |
The donation is the single largest that a Perata committee has received since he became Senate leader in 2004.
On the same day, the builders donated another $500,000 to Let's Rebuild California, a campaign committee that is not controlled by Perata but employs top Perata confidant Sandra Polka as the chief strategist.
Paul Hefner, a Polka associate and spokesman for both committees, denied that there was any connection between the donations and Perata's decision to scuttle the flood-protection package.
"The senator makes his decisions about legislation on the merits and nothing else," said Hefner "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why the Building Industry Association would be in favor of an infrastructure plan that calls for building roads, building schools, building homes and building levees."
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