Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson’s new campaign manager has previously faced financial fraud charges for allegedly using organization funds for personal expenses.
New campaign director Rosa Calderón allegedly spent nearly $1,900 from the organization’s bank account on multiple personal expenses in 2017, spending nearly $1,900 from the organization’s bank account in 2017. accused. Politico reported Thursday.
The organization said Calderón, who was a volunteer treasurer at the time and had access to the organization’s online accounting ledger, used credit cards not only for concert tickets but also for personal expenses such as gas and movie downloads. claimed to have used
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Placer Women’s Democrats eventually filed a police complaint against Mr. Calderon, who at the time was running a similarly unsuccessful U.S. House campaign in California’s 4th congressional district, and the former Treasury secretary. Charlene Finn claimed that Calderon tried to delete internal files to cover it up. scam.
“When she was confronted about it, [her response] I was in denial at first. And then when she had receipts and evidence of what people had collected, she said she would pay it back,” said Kathleen, who was involved in the movement and now chaired the Placer County Democratic Central Committee. Crawford says. The organization at the time of the alleged fraud told Politico.
Asked about Calderon’s new role in the Williamson campaign, Crawford said he expects Calderon to update on the rules afterwards.
“I hope Rosa has learned her lesson. She’s in a professional accounting firm and she’s learning the rules,” Crawford told Politico.
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Crawford said the group typically raises only $5,000 to $10,000 over the course of an election, making misuse of funds a big problem.
Calderon, who was brought up on the matter, eventually returned $1,900 to the organization, but denied the fraud allegations to local media outlets.
The case was settled in court in 2019, when a judge ordered Calderon to write a letter of apology to the Placer Women’s Democrats and barred him from taking “reliable” positions with seniors and dependents.
The Williamson campaign, which reached out to Fox News Digital for comment, claimed the matter was “set aside and dismissed by the Placer County Superior Court.”
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”Once again we have to deal with a clear political “hit” article about newly appointed campaign manager Rosa Calderón and refutation of allegations that were dismissed years ago. ‘, the camp said in a statement.
“The ongoing assault on Marianne Williamson’s campaign is an attempt to demean her re-election as president, and now the corporate media is waging war on campaign staff.”,” continued the statement. “We are confident in Rosa Calderón’s leadership abilities and are delighted to have her on board to lead this campaign to her victory.”
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Calderon also whitewashed his own experience before joining the Williamson campaign, serving as the development director for the progressive nonprofit Our Revolution from December 2022 to April 2023, according to LinkedIn. He has also faced accusations of making false claims. However, a spokesperson for the group told Politico: Calderon only did his contract fundraiser.
“Mr. Calderon was not an employee of Our Revolution and did not have the authority to represent the organization as director of development or finance,” a spokesperson for Our Revolution told Politico.