Congresswoman Barragan said Isadore Hall broke federal corruption law

Isadore Hall, who awaits Senate confirmation as the newest member of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB), may have violated a federal campaign corruption law during his failed 2016 congressional campaign.

Congresswoman Nanette Barragán first made the allegation last year, while running against Hall in the Democratic primary.

The Los Angeles Times first reported the question – and Hall hasn’t answered it.

Here’s what the Times reported:

His [Hall’s] primary opponent Nanette Barragán, an attorney and former member of the Hermosa Beach City Council, has accused Hall of breaking election law by spending almost $100,000 of general election funds on the primary.”

It looks like Hall illegally combined money for his primary campaign with his general election campaign – which is a crime under federal anti-corruption laws.

“Joseph Birkenstock, a election law attorney with the firm Sandler Reiff Lamb Rosenstein & Birkenstock, who served as chief counsel for the Democratic National Committee, said it appears Hall’s campaign did violate the law,” according to the Times. “But if it can amend and correct the expenditure reports, Hall could be in the clear.”

A Hall “campaign consultant” brushed off the million-dollar sleight-of-hand as a simple “reporting error” that the campaign would fix, the Times reported.

The Los Angeles Times said that Barragán thinks Hall is a “slimy” politician with “ethical issues.”

Pick Justice did a Google search and could not find a report that Hall amended his “reporting error” to comply with the law.

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