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City Of Bell’s Former Law Firm Subpoenaed
Law Firm Best, Best, & Krieger has been subpoenaed by the Attorney General’s office during their investigation of overpaid employees in the city of Bell. The firm gave the Attorney General, Jerry Brown, $5,000 towards his gubernatorial campaign.
Brown subpoenaed tax and salary records from the city of Bell, as well as records from Best, Bell’s former law firm.
Edward Lee, Bell’s city attorney, is accused of approving the super-sized salaries in Bell. Lee served as Bell’s city attorney. Among the large salaries in Bell is $1.5 million in annual pay and benefits to the city’s city manager.
According to financial documents, Best, Best & Krieger gave the Brown campaign $5,000 in March. Michael Cowett, an associate with Best gave Brown’s campaign $500 in March and associate Brant Dverlin gave the campaign $1,000 in April.
Sterling Clifford, the spokesman for the Brown campaign, told reporters that the firm is not being accused of unlawful activity.