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FBI Raids Two Offices at Capitol

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Katie Orr
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Capital Public Radio

UPDATE:

The Senate’s Chief Sergeant-at-Arms has clarified that the second office searched in addition to Calderon’s Capitol office also belonged to the senator.  That office had previously been identified as belonging to the Latino Legislative Caucus.

The Sergeant-at-Arms attributed the confusion to an outdated list of room numbers.  Calderon’s auxiliary office and the Latino Legislative Caucus are both across the street from the Capitol in the Legislative Office Building.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

The FBI has searched the Capitol offices of California State Senator Ron Calderon and the Latino Legislative Caucus.

Calderon is a Democrat from Montebello who was elected to the State Senate in 2006.  His Los Angeles County district includes the cities of Whittier, Bell and Norwalk, and part of Los Angeles.

Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Tony Beard says the search warrants served Tuesday afternoon are sealed by a federal court order and declined further comment.  Beard says the Senate “has and will fully cooperate” with the FBI.

The investigation is being run by the FBI’s Los Angeles office.  A spokeswoman confirmed the search warrants and says the Bureau is “seeking evidence based on allegations of criminal activity.”

Calderon’s office referred a request for comment to prominent Los Angeles attorney Mark Geragos, who’s represented clients including Michael Jackson, Scott Peterson and former Congressman Gary Condit.

The Latino Legislative Caucus office is in the Legislative Office Building across the street from the Capitol.  Calderon previously served as vice-chair of the caucus.

Calderon’s family has a long history at the State Capitol.  His older brother Charles was Assembly Majority Leader until being termed out last year.  Charles Calderon’s son Ian currently serves in the Assembly.