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The Pension Fund That Ate California

CalPERS's corruption, insider dealing, and politicized investments have overwhelmed taxpayers with debt...

After spending years dogged by unpaid debts, California labor leader Charles Valdes filed for bankruptcy in the 1990s—twice. At the same time, he held one of the most influential positions in the American financial system: chair of the investment committee for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, or CalPERS, the nation’s largest pension fund for government workers. Valdes left the board in 2010 and now faces scrutiny for accepting gifts from another former board member, Alfred Villalobos—who, the state alleges, spent tens of thousands of dollars trying to influence how the fund invested its assets. Questioned by investigators about his dealings with Villalobos, Valdes invoked the Fifth Amendment 126 times.

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Federal Bailouts For Cities Would Reward Bad Behavior

Bailouts for Cities?

Advocates for cash-strapped municipalities want Washington to clean up their mess.

Detroit's July bankruptcy filing, prompted in part by its huge worker-retirement debts, has led to calls for a federal bailout of the beleaguered city — and also, by extension, of retirement debt in other fiscally squeezed municipalities. From the New York Times to blogs and union-issued position papers, bailout supporters argue that the citizens and workers of Detroit and other troubled places aren't to blame for their retirement debts...

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Pension Funds Wasting Millions on Useless Advice

Usually when you hire an analyst to help invest your money you want to look for a sharp investor with a good record of success. Pension funds, however, don’t seem quite so discerning. A new report from NYT‘s Dealbook found that of the 94 percent of pension funds that hire outside investors to aid in making investment decisions, few look at (or even have access to) data on their consultants’ past performance. A new study from the University of Oxford suggests that they are paying a high price for their negligence...

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Lerner’s Pension Will Likely be $102,600/Year, Amounts to $3.96 Million Lifetime

Even before she retired last week, scandalized IRS official Lois Lerner's compensation was already attracting attention.  While on administrative leave, federal rules allowed her to keep collecting a salary, one that reportedly totaled $177,000. So it was no surprise when speculation arose over how much Lerner could collect in federal pension benefits...

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Corrupt — and Set for Life

“Our primary mission is to address and to undo injustice, and, in the public-corruption context, a galling injustice that sticks in the craw of every thinking New Yorker is the almost inviolable right of even the most corrupt elected official — even after being convicted by a jury and jailed by a judge — to draw a publicly funded pension until his dying day,” Bharara, attorney for the Southern District of New York...

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