Secretary of State Accused of Misuing Federal Election Funds

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, December 16, 2004
State Auditor Elaine Howle concluded that Shelley spent federal Help America Vote Act funds without competitive bidding and hired consultants for work unrelated to election reform. Republican State Senator Dave Cox called for the audit earlier this year after news stories focused on questionable acts by the Secretary of State. CUT: DaveCox09 :09 Senator Cox called for quick legislative hearings. Democratic Assemblywoman Nicole Parra, the new chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, quickly responded. CUT: Parra11 :11 Parra promised a fair and non-partisan investigation into Democrat Shelley’s activities. SOC