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    Sen. Rod Wright, D-Inglewood attends the California Senate session on the first day after Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento announced that he was removing him from a leadership position after he was found guilty of eight felonies related to living outside the district he represents on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014.

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The Buzz: Sen. Wright spent $129,000 on legal bills through June, filing shows

Published: Monday, Jul. 28, 2014 - 7:16 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014 - 2:44 pm

The legal defense fund of state Sen. Rod Wright, who was convicted earlier this year of felony voter fraud and perjury, spent $129,000 on attorneys and related costs from January through June, according to a new filing.

With Monday’s report, Wright’s legal defense fund has spent nearly $205,000 since last year. That includes $100,000 to Los Angeles law firm Strumwasser and Woocher and $46,000 to Sacramento lawyer William Portanova.

Prosecutors accuse Wright, D-Baldwin Hills, of lying about where he lived when he ran in 2008. A jury convicted Wright, but his sentencing has been postponed twice. Wright was suspended in March but continues to receive pay, along with suspended Democratic Sens. Leland Yee and Ron Calderon.

Wright’s legal defense fund has raised $62,700 since January, including a $40,000 loan from his campaign committee for a possible candidacy for the state Board of Equalization in 2018. The fund also received $1,000 from Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, $2,500 from Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Compton, and $13,000 from a committee that supports business-friendly Democrats.

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The majority of government agencies don’t have the plans, tools or system support needed to exploit mobile technology, according to a new study released Monday. Nearly 60 percent of government technology managers say their agencies aren’t ready to go mobile, with security concerns (56 percent) and lack of funding (52 percent) cited as the most common obstacles noted in a survey on behalf of technology firm Citrix. Other hurdles: management resistance (29 percent) and cultural barriers (23 percent).

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“And I kept the money.”

Willie Brown, relating in the San Francisco Chronicle how an FBI sting years ago surreptitiously contributed $2,000 to his campaign. He amended his disclosure statement to list “FBI” as the donor.

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