Politics & Government

The Buzz: FBI’s Capitol undercover operations included venture capitalists

Report says FBI targeted Calderons once before

The elaborate FBI sting involving an undercover agent posing as a film studio owner who offered bribes to state Sen. Ron Calderon was not the first time the agency investigated the Montebello Democrat.

In 2007, the FBI began looking into Calderon and his brothers, former Assemblymen Tom Calderon and Charles Calderon, according to the affidavit made public this week by cable news network Al Jazeera America.

And it wasn’t the only time in the Calderon probe that the FBI used undercover agents. In 2008, the Los Angeles-based investigation was added to a probe from the FBI’s Sacramento field office involving two undercover agents posing as venture capitalists.

“The undercover FBI agents separately told Ronald Calderon and Thomas Calderon that they were interested in having legislation introduced in the California Senate that would be financially beneficial to their prospective investments,” the affidavit says. “Neither Ronald Calderon nor Thomas Calderon solicited or accepted a bribe in connection with their legislation.”

In December 2012 the Sacramento branch closed its investigation.

– Laurel Rosenhall


A health plan offering coverage through the state marketplace has been removed until further notice. The Alameda Alliance for Health was nixed from Covered California offerings after failing to secure state approval to sell coverage in the commercial market. Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said the company “has a solid provider network and is a valuable asset to the community. ... We look forward to the company getting its commercial license, so we can welcome its plans back to the exchange.”

– Christopher Cadelago