On Friday, Governor Brown's lawyers petitioned the State Supreme Court to overturn two lower court rulings directly related to the high speed rail project. But, the timing has caused critics to raise eyebrows. That's because three days earlier the Governor accepted a legal, but large campaign contribution from a contractor involved in the project. The contribution was the max allowed under the law of $27,200. It was from Tutor-Perini, a company that has more than a billion dollars in outstanding contracts connected to the high speed rail project.
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a Republican running for Governor, is questioning the timing of the donation as it relates to the Brown Administration's legal petition to the high court. The two just 3 days apart.
The Governor's Press Aide Evan Westrup says "Contributions have no bearing whatsoever on the state's legal filings." Nonetheless, his critics are raising the question of conflict of interest.
How much is $27,200 in the bigger picture? In the last campaign Brown's warchest was in excess of $40,000,000.