The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) on Thursday reported that Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, D-Hayward, is the latest Assembly member this year to have a contribution made, at her request, by the Barona Band of Mission Indians.
Check out the ”behested payments” page on the state’s FPPC Web site.
So far this year, the Lakeside, Calif.-based band has made 17 payments of $5,000 each to charities, government or legislative programs at the “behest” of Assembly members. The payments are not considered campaign contributions or gifts.
The Barona tribe operates the Barona Valley Resort and Casino near San Diego.
The May 12 donation is going to Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in San Leandro, and will be used for reading improvement books.
Behested payments made at the request of state Sen. Don Perata, whose district includes Castro Valley, total $261,495 for the first six months of 2008, according to the FPPC.
But, the year still is young.
In 2007, the FPPC said, donors contributed $71,200 to various groups at Hayashi’s behest. Perata raised $840,000 for a variety of causes.