California Assemblyman Katcho Ashadjian Arranged Donations to Armenian Caucus

Katcho Achadjian
Katcho Achadjian
Katcho Achadjian is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Republican representing the 35th district, encompassing San Luis Obispo County and a part of Santa Barbara County. Katcho Achadjian is also a member of the Armenian Caucus, along with Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, and Scott Wilk.

On April 20, 2015 with efforts of Mr Katcho and his fellow Assemblymen both the California State Senate and Assembly unanimously passed AJR 2 recognizing the Armenian Genocide and calling on President Obama to do the same.

The Sacramento Bee has published an article by Jim Miller where he states that California officials arranged $28 million in payments to favored nonprofits including Legislature’s Jewish and Armenian caucuses, …

California lawmakers and other state officials arranged for donors, many with business at the Capitol, to contribute $28 million to nonprofit organizations, local museums and other favored causes during the first half of the year, according to the most recent filings with the Fair Political Practices Commission.

So-called behested payments must be reported when a public official asks a business, union, foundation or other entity to donate to a particular legislative, charitable or governmental purpose. Unlike campaign donations, which have limits, behested payments can be of any amount.

More than 250 entities made behested payments during the first half of the year, money that was on top of what many donors spent on lobbying or contributing to elected officials’ campaign committees…

Lawmakers also solicited donations to the nonprofit arms of several racial, ethnic or religious legislative caucuses…

State Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, and Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo, arranged donations of $20,000 and $5,000 to the foundations of the Legislature’s Jewish and Armenian caucuses, respectively…

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