March 02, 2015

Ex-Interns Say L.A. Council Hopeful Did Not Misuse Nonprofit

Several former interns and current contractors with Los Angeles City Council candidate Tomas O'Grady's school charity are rebutting allegations that he improperly mingled his political and nonprofit work, writes the Los Angeles Times. Two other ex-interns have filed complaints with the city ethics board, claiming they were primarily put on campaign work while interning for EnrichLA, which builds gardens at city schools.

Until recently both the council campaign and EnrichLA were run out of Mr. O'Grady's home. Former interns referred to the Times by Mr. O'Grady, some of whom now do paid work for the charity, said he repeatedly told staffers and volunteers to keep the two organizations separate. Supplies like laptops and areas of the house were labeled to indicate to which operation they belonged.