Rob Reiner denies wrongdoing
Posted Fri, Feb 2, 2006 at 12:43 am
Meathead is on the defensive:
Hollywood director Rob Reiner denied any wrongdoing Thursday in response to recent scrutiny about the potential misuse of taxpayer funds for a June ballot initiative he is spearheading.
Reiner, who heads the state's First 5 California Children and Families Commission he helped create, is now leading a campaign for a ballot initiative that would establish a state constitutional right to preschool for all 4-year-olds and raise income taxes for wealthier households to fund a preschool program.
A Los Angeles Times story earlier this week detailed, however, how the commission spent $23 million on ads to promote the idea of "preschool for all," which happens to be the same slogan Reiner uses to describe his latest initiative, Proposition 82.
The commission also earlier paid for a political consultant who now is the campaign manager of Prop. 82, the story noted.
...Reiner's attorneys have asserted that the First 5 ads were legal and proper, and the entertainer-turned-activist himself on Thursday dismissed the Times story as "the price of being a public figure."
When asked to comment about the money spent on the commission's ads following a speech he gave in San Jose on Prop. 82, Reiner said, "There is absolutely no conflict of interest."