Chief Justice Ronald George … a Hillary Clinton supporter?
That’s what the FlashReport Web site claimed this morning when it posted “breaking news” — complete with the image of a flashing siren — that California’s top judge had contributed $2,300 to the Hillary Clinton for President campaign in 2008.
It was strange enough to read that the Republican appointee apparently backed a Democratic presidential wannabe. But more troubling was the fact that, if the claim was true, George’s contributions would have violated a state canon barring jurists from donating more than $500 a year to nonjudicial candidates.
The chief justice’s office has now responded: The Federal Elections Commission — and the FlashReport — got the wrong Ron George, his top aide says.
“I can tell you unequivocally, the chief did not do this,” said Beth Jay, George’s principal attorney. George was attending a conference Monday.