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Family members of politicians shouldn't get to cash in on their connections

Family members of politicians shouldn't get to cash in on their connections

Elected officials in California control billions of taxpayer dollars. Their job is to spend that money wisely, on behalf of the people who elected them -- not to redirect it to themselves, their own families or loved ones. 

That's why California law prohibits state and local elected officials  from “self-dealing” -- voting on matters that would offer financial benefits to members of their households, including their minor children and spouses. For example, if a city councilwoman's husband were a graphic designer bidding for a lucrative...

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