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Ian Calderon ‘Loans’ Father Charles Calderon $10,000 for LA County Judge Campaign


California State Assemblyman Ian Calderon donated 2

The Calderons from [l-r] Ian, Chuck, Ron, and Tom Calderon.

  UPDATED AT 12:45 p.m.

By Randy Economy

California State Assemblyman Ian Calderon donated $10,000 to his father Charles Calderon’s campaign for Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge this past Monday, according to documents filed with the California Secretary of State.

Calderon is facing Carol Rose, a Child Molestation Prosecutor in the June 5th California Primary Election for Judicial Office #48.

The Calderon family is currently embroiled in one of the biggest political corruption cases in California state history.

Ian Calderon’s two uncles, State Senator Ronald Calderon and former Assemblyman Thomas Calderon were recently arrested in a five year sting operation conducted by undercover agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

The United States Department of Justice has charged the two uncles of Ian Calderon for accepting bribes in an elaborate ploy from a phony movie studio that was created.

Ian Calderon represents a wide swatch of Southeast Los Angeles County in his first term in the State Assembly.

Records also confirm that former Assembly Speaker John A. Perez also gave Calderon $2,500 on February 22, and local Lakewood Assemblyman Anthony Rendon pitched in $1,000 to the campaign coffers for Calderon’s judicial race.

Calderon also took a $5,000 donation from Peter Ohanisian who is a longtime political friend and supporter who owns a private consulting company in the San Gabriel Valley.

In the past, Charles Calderon has been responsible for helping raise hundreds of  thousands of dollars for his son Ian’s successful.

Ian Calderon defended his financial support to his father in a phone interview from Sacramento on Thursday.

“Look, my father is the best qualified candidate to serve as a Superior Court Judge here in Los Angeles County, and I will support him 100%,” the first term lawmaker said.

Ian Calderon said that the $10,000 loan “qualifies as a loan” from his 2014 State Assembly reelection campaign account.  “He is in a campaign, and I support my dad, and this is a way I can help.”

Ian Calderon said that “it doesn’t matter how much” his father Charles donated to his 2012 campaign.  “I made the phone calls myself, and raised this money on my own.”

Calderon said that the $10,000 loan to his father’s judicial race is “not a conflict of interest “whatsoever.”

“He is the best candidate for Judge. There is no body more qualified to be a judge. He served as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he will make a great judge,” he said.

“I am not there campaigning with him, he is doing his own thing, his own race,” remarked the 28-year-old Calderon.

“People know my dad. He is not my Uncles (Ronald and Thomas).  It is easy to lump all of us Calderon’s together.  It is unfair,” Ian Calderon concluded. 






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