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Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, accepted $60,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents during a wide-ranging probe into his conduct as a legislator, according to a 125-page affidavit published online Wednesday by cable news network Al Jazeera.

No charges have been filed against Calderon. But the document says the Democrat from Montebello worked with interest groups in a pay-to-play fashion, accepting money from health care and film industry representatives in exchange for promises to carry or amend legislation to their benefit.

The document details one instance in which Calderon hired a female undercover agent as a staff member as a favor to another undercover agent, although he was told she had few qualifications for the job. It says Calderon asked agents he believed to be in the movie-making business to provide money for his children, Jessica and Zachary.

"One way you could be a real help to (my daughter) is, you got any work?" Calderon said to the undercover agent posing as the film studio owner during a June 2012 dinner in Pico Rivera, according to the affidavit.

"I told you man, anything you can do, any help you could do for my kids is, is - you know that's that's diamonds for me. That's diamonds."

The agent was asking Calderon to change California's tax credit program for film makers so that smaller productions would qualify for the credit. Under a bill Calderon carried in 2009 and an extension passed in 2012, productions that cost at least $1 million and are shot in California can enter a lottery to get a tax break. The affidavit describes Calderon talking to the undercover agent about working to lower the threshold.

The Al Jazeera report comes months after federal agents descended on Calderon's office in a rare Sacramento spectacle. Since then, The Sacramento Bee has explored questions orbiting the powerful Calderon family's connections to a Los Angeles-area water district and scrutiny over former Assemblyman Tom Calderon's ties to a hospital, also the target of a federal raid, that relates to a broader debate over worker compensation.

PHOTO: Senator Ron Calderon speaks to the media outside Senate chambers on Monday June 10, 2013, at the State Capitol. The Sacramento Bee/Manny Crisostomo.



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