Dirty money? Jerry Brown cleaned up on contributions from a housemaids union but later returned the $400,000.
  • Dirty money? Jerry Brown cleaned up on contributions from a housemaids union but later returned the $400,000.
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San Diego–based United Domestic Workers of America, a labor union representing so-called home-care workers who are paid by state and federal funds, kicked in with a whopping $400,000 to Governor Jerry Brown’s campaign to raise California sales and income taxes. But a disclosure filing by the Brown-led campaign said the money was refunded. Union officials did not return calls seeking comment…San Diego County’s district attorney Bonnie Dumanis, a candidate for mayor, continues to spend money for lobbying trips to Sacramento and beyond. According to a recently filed lobbyist disclosure statement, the Republican spent $41,914.06, which includes a portion of the salary of Dumanis’s “special assistant,” Gail Stewart-Brockman. Other Dumanis lobbying expenses included $303 at the Hyatt Regency hotel across the street from the state Capitol; $269 at the Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica; $450 for the California District Attorneys Association’s “Winter Workshop” in Sacramento; another tab, this one for $505, at the Hyatt Regency; and one more at the posh hotel, said to have been $337.06. Expenditures for travel via Southwest Airlines came to a total of $2489.40.

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StevefromSacto May 11, 2012 @ 10:51 a.m.

UDW home care providers help keep more than 25,000 low-income elderly and disabled San Diegans safe and secure in their own homes rather than in nursing homes or other institutions. Some of them are family members who have given up higer paying jobs and even careers to care for loved ones for little more than minimum wage.

Not only does this help these vulnerable individuals, it saves California taxpayers millions of dollars a year over what it would cost to care for them in nursing homes.

If you think people who insert catheters, change adult diapers, feed and bathe people, and transport them to medical appointments are just "maids," you obviously know little about caring for people.

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