The FBI raided Palm Springs City Hall and have been at the residence of Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet today. Speculation is that they are investigating Pougnet accepting over $200,000 in “consulting fees” from a developer.
Pougnet has argued that there was nothing wrong with the arrangement and that he was forced to have to “work for a living” due to the part time position of Mayor.
Perhaps none of this would have ever happened had Pougnet not cut his own salary – something he bragged about in this 2010 commercial when he was running for Congress against Mary Bono Mack:
And here is another where he brags about his pay cut while children chant campaign slogans:
Finally, here is one where Pougnet’s team attacks Mary Bono Mack for taking over $100,000 in campaign donations form Wall Street – or about half of what the Mayor was paid for his “consulting work” with Union Abbey 3 years later.