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Charles Calderon cleared in campaign payments to Ian Calderon

Former Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Whitter, comments on the state budget.
Former Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Whitter, comments on the state budget. rpench@sacbee.com

California’s political ethics watchdog has cleared former state lawmaker Charles Calderon of wrongdoing in a case that involved payments to his son, Assemblyman Ian Calderon, D-Whittier.

In a letter to the elder Calderon, Fair Political Practices Commission Assistant Chief Dave Bainbridge said the enforcement division was closing the matter without action. The investigation, Bainbridge wrote, “did not reveal sufficient evidence to conclude that you violated the” Political Reform Act.

The Calderons have a history of paying relatives for campaign work. In this case, the Whittier Daily News reported that the elder Calderon during a 2010 campaign paid his son $40,000 for Web-consulting services, and the newspaper said it found “no evidence of a campaign website or social media presence.”

At the time, Ian Calderon was working for Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, though he’d done past consulting work for his father as well as former Democratic Assemblyman Warren Furutani, himself a candidate for the state Senate. Ian Calderon was elected to the state Assembly in 2012.

Ian Calderon’s uncles, Tom and Ron Calderon, are facing a federal corruption indictment.

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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