First Five Funds Audit
The California First Five Commission has been in the spotlight over questionable spending on television ads—now the legislature’s government watchdog is getting involved.
Wednesday, March 8, 2006
Two state lawmakers—one Democrat, one Republican, have requested the state auditor look into the workings of the California First Five Commission. They’re questioning the use of taxpayer-funded ads touting benefits of pre-school education at the same time Former Commission Chair Rob Reiner was pushing a pre-school ballot initiative. G-O-P Senator Dave Cox was one of those who made the request.
“It appears that Mr. Reiner and his associates were using taxpayer dollars inappropriately to in fact push for what they believe to be in the public’s best interest.”
Specifically, the state Auditor says she’ll examine the commission’s procedures for awarding contracts for advertising, and whether taxpayer funds were mis-used. The Commission’s Executive Director says they’ll comply with the auditonce they hire an outside attorney.