Rosario Marin, Former Schwarzenegger cabinet member, Fined by State Ethics Commission

June 19th, 2009 · 11 Comments

I don’t have much more to add to this other than the former head of California’s State and Consumer Services Agency Rosario Marin, who resigned earlier this year has been fined $5,700 by the Fair Political Practices Commission for accepting over $70,000 in illegal speaking fees while in office.

We blogged about her previous actions here. California has had a ban on public officials accepting speaking fees since 1990. Marin’s actions that prompted her resignation and subsequent fine involved conflict of interest. More specifically:

“Marin resigned from the administration last March after the Los Angeles Times reported that she had accepted speaking fees, including $15,000 from Pfizer and $13,500 from Bristol-Myers Squibb while the drug companies were lobbying her agency.

The FPPC said Marin reported collecting more than $30,000 in speaking fees in 2006 and again in 2007, and more than $10,000 for speeches in 2008.”

Rosario Marin obviously was comfortable being in the pocket of big pharma, but I thought I would try to figure out why she was paid the big bucks for public speaking engagements and found this YouTube. While this is only a snippet, I don’t find Marin’s message particularly compelling. I think that she uses many trite cliches in her speech. What do you think? Is she worthy of five figure speaking fees?


Tags: ethics · Government Accountability · Rosario Marin

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Gabriel // Jun 20, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Is this the end? For Rosario Marin, hardly. She went where no other Latino woman without the right skills and real popularity went. Was a councilwoman in Huntington Park, turned mayor just because of the rotation. Did her private business ‘on the side’ for years; as one of the few Republican Latinas, was promoted to positions with no real responsabilities. And never understood the consequences of her acts. Still, she is, or professes to be, an indomita mujer. I prefer Bonnie Garcia, for that matter.

  • 2 WhatThe.. // Jun 20, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    The only real way to take a bribe is by using the formality of speaking fees. A speaker she isn’t. The real question is, how did she get where she is now. Was this an isolated incident that came to the surface and was caught, or is there also an unexposed history of playing favorites for excelling to the position she held?

  • 3 Michaelr // Jun 22, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Isn’t it odd that Latina politicians of character, for example Hilda Solis are put through excruciating vetting processes by Congressional Senatorial committees, and someone like Rosario Marin slides up through the GOP ladder unscathed, even though it’s obvious to anyone with ears this is a politician of extremely low character. What is there to admire in this politician? Her profiteering career at the City of Huntington Park must have made it painful to be the Treasurer of the United States and not leave the office every night with packs of hundred dollar bills stuffed in her purse. She is a perfect example of the wrong person to vote for.

  • 4 El Cholo // Jun 23, 2009 at 8:40 am

    When the public votes, Rosario Marin is the face they see when they read the Spanish name of a candidate running for public office. And the typical negative dishonest thieving stereotype easily applies. Listening to Rosario Marin speak in this video, reminds me of another Latino politician who never has nothing of substance to say to the public. Loretta Sanchez. Rosario and Loretta, Loretta and Rosario, Rosario and Loo-Loo, LOrenta and Rosario, public thieves.

  • 5 theKaiser // Jun 23, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Rosario Marin is at the top of a long list of corrupt Latino politicians in the United States. This video clip displays her inability to speak out of the box and divert from the usual clichés that mindless politicians revert to when confronted by the media. She is one of the reasons the city of Huntington Park remains a Third World municipality from constant looting of public funds. She may be temporarily removed from public office, but the Latino community is easily compelled to elect people like this.

  • 6 DoctorH // Jun 23, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Has the apologist for the Latino political community vacated the BlogSphere? We are awaiting supporting commentary on the public virtues of Rosario Marin. Please make them up if you have too.

  • 7 El Cholo // Jun 25, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Our certified Latino political apologist would probably write something like this:

    There is no proof Rosario Marin collected speaking fees, or that speaking fees are illegal, and who in their right mind would hire her to speak at their group engagement anyway? Who wants to hear clichés spoken over and over again with that accent? So based on that, I don’t believe she ever gave speeches, or was paid for them. I didn’t see any evidence of this in the Los Angeles Times. This is a male chauvinistic attack. This is a white male chauvinistic attack. This is a right wing attack. Who says the city of Huntington Park is a Third World municipality? It’s in the United States retards! Have you been to the city of Santa Ana? Now that’s a Third World municipality. All of you are trolls…lol
    Well…not all of you. Henry Cisneros, stop eyeballing those white prizes…I’m still dreaming of you. Mister Mayor, I have long black hair too…Low-Low, I’m still in your corner babe!

  • 8 theKaiser // Jun 26, 2009 at 10:21 am

    El Cholo, that was very authentic. You certainly caught whatshername…Anna’s apologist vernacular. But kidding aside, we should have an intelligent conversation on what produces politicians like Rosario Marin. She certainly didn’t enter the public arena with the same political intentions as Hilda Solis, or who’s that Congressman in Arizona? The discussion should focus on what creates corrupt public servants like Rosario Marin. What is the core identity of this politician?

  • 9 WhatThe.. // Jun 27, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Bravo! El Cholo, Bravo! Extrodinary impressionistic performance !

  • 10 Bearguez // Jun 29, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Do you think it’s cultural? Five hundred years of political and social enslavement does produce a certain type of mindset. Several minutes of observation reveals how easily Rosario Marin pushed her way onto the political scene and took advantage for her own profit. It just looks more obscene when you watch a woman do it.

  • 11 El Cholo // Jul 1, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    And don’t forget Catholicism and its role promoting blind ignorance and subservient behavior amongst the masses of people of color. So many Latinos jump on someone’s political bandwagon only because that candidate has a Spanish last name, without taking the time to evaluate the content of one’s character and their commitment to voting constituents in various districts. This is why politicians like Rosario Marin, Gil Cedillo, Antonio Villaraigosa, Joe Baca, Ron Calderon, Alex Padilla, and Low-Low, and Linda Sanchez continually get elected and do nothing with their time in office, except to line their pockets and pretend they’re above being brown. The Sanchez sisters are the guiltiest of that. Rosario Marin should be banned from the political arena, but you know that won’t happen. Public thieves don’t pass judgment on other public thieves.

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