California AG will not open investigation into UC President Janet Napolitano over $175M slush fund

California AG will not open investigation into UC President Janet Napolitano over $175M slush fund

[Ed. – A followup to this story.]

Xavier Becerra, the California AG who charged the Center for Medical Progress with 15 felony counts for its undercover reporting on Planned Parenthood, will not be opening an investigation into the millions of dollars kept hidden by UC President Janet Napolitano.

An audit, which I wrote about here last month, found that Napolitano’s office amassed $175 million in reserve funds by repeatedly overestimating costs and then spending less than it claimed was needed. Meanwhile, the office was also paying salaries significantly higher than comparable workers in state government and covering lavish travel expenses.

When the auditor asked school administrators at the UC system’s 10 campuses what the Office of the President was giving them for all of this money, one of Janet Napolitano’s deputies interceded and tweaked the survey responses to make the office look much better than it was. The interference was so egregious that the auditor determined the adjusted responses could not be used to draw any conclusions.

Despite all of this, Becerra doesn’t see any reason to open an investigation. As NBC News reports, that may be because the people he would need to interview and potentially hold accountable are political allies, including Governor Jerry Brown….

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