Olson Doesn’t Qualify for Judges’ PAC Money
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lynn D. Olson, who has drawn an election challenge, won’t be receiving any funds from the Los Angeles Judges Political Action Committee—but it’s nothing personal.
Olson explained yesterday:
“Historically I have always sent any contributions for judicial races directly to the candidates. This year I elected to contribute to the Judges’ PAC. I was informed that the PAC rules require that to receive any PAC funds, a contributor must contribute 90 days before the filing.
“Because I did not meet this threshold, pursuant to the PAC rules, I was told that I am ineligible to receive funds. I was graciously asked if I wanted my PAC contribution refunded and I declined this kind offer.”
The PAC issued a press release on Oct. 20 saying that it has “about $325,000” in its coffers and that the amount “grows every month.”
Judge Dean Hansell., who chairs the PAC, said:
“We will generously assist challenged judges who are PAC contributors financially, with technical assistance, and in any other way that we can.”
There is one other challenged judge in the March 5 primary: Emily Spear. She does qualify for funds, it has been learned, but might not receive a large sum.
Part of the bases for her public admonishment by the Commission on Judicial Performance on Sept. 6 was rudeness to supervising judges and lying to them and use of foul invectives in speaking of a colleague.
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