Controller To Sponsor Bills Aimed At Influence Peddling At CalPERS And CalSTRS


On February 3, 2011, California Controller John Chiang sent this letter to Rob Feckner, Chairman of the California Public Employees Retirement System. The Controller is an ex officio member of the CalPERS Board of Administration.

The first bill would reduce the annual gift allowance under California’s Political Reform Act from $450 to $50. According to the Controller’s letter, this reduction would apply to CalPERS board members and employees.

The second bill would “prohibit CalPERS board members and employees from accepting a job with any employer who has had substantial contracts or investments (defined as above $10 million) with CalPERS immediately after separation”. In addition, CalPERS employees who worked with placement agents in the 10 years prior to their separation would be prohibited from accepting employment with any placement agent immediately after separation.

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