Ron Calderon

Capitol Alert
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November 13, 2013

By Jim Miller and Christopher Cadelago

Ronald S. Calderon v US Complaint, Nov. 13, 2013

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Lashing back at federal officials and Senate colleagues, state Sen. Ron Calderon contended in a federal filing late Wednesday that authorities leaked an FBI affidavit alleging that he took $88,000 in bribes after Calderon refused to participate in a sting operation targeting Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Sen. Kevin de León.

In Wednesday’s filing in Sacramento federal court, Calderon contends that FBI agents and federal prosecutors repeatedly pressured him to wear a wire to secretly record conversations with Steinberg and de León.

The document alleges that agents told Calderon that they were investigating Steinberg’s financial ties to Michael Drobt, the former chief executive officer of Pacific Hospital of Long Beach.

Calderon, though, said he returned the recording equipment unused. Soon after, on June 4, the filing says, FBI agents raided Calderon’s Capitol office.

Steinberg said in a statement that the filing “is pure fantasy.” De León declined comment. His office has previously said he was told he is not a target of the investigation.

Late last month, Al Jazeera America posted an FBI affidavit alleging that Calderon took $60,000 in bribes from an FBI agent posing as a film studio owner and $28,000 in bribes from Drobot.

Calderon alleges federal prosecutors attempted to convict him in the press through an orchestrated campaign of “illegal disinformation.”

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