Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
April 19, 2017 – 11:37 AM

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday dismissed as “preposterous” suggestions that he broke the law by providing district-specific projects to lawmakers to win their support for his $52 billion road repair package with tax and fee increases.

“When somebody says, ‘Here is $10,000, I want your vote,’ you got bribery. It’s illegal,” Brown told reporters in Sacramento. “When someone says, ‘You know, I think this bill would be better if you included these projects or these ideas or these rules,’ we listen, because that’s democracy and that’s openness and that is a compromise spirit that makes democracies work.”

Brown’s defense of the late maneuvering earlier this month to secure passage of the legislation came a day after a Republican lawmaker sent a letter to Attorney General Xavier Becerra asking for an investigation into “apparent quid pro quo-inspired vote trading” for Senate Bill 1. Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, said she believed that the actions may have violated several state and federal laws.

“I am for working toward a solution and understand the need for compromise, but there is a big difference between compromise and bribery,” Melendez said.

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