Jordan Brandman's $24,000 Wiki-Report

From The Voice of OC:

An entire section of a government draft report prepared by Anaheim City Councilman Jordan Brandman while he was campaigning for his council seat last year appears to largely have been copied from the Wikipedia entry on Orange County, a Voice of OC review of the report has found.

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The revelation about the copy-and-paste job in the the report prepared for the county clerk-recorder's office – for which Brandman has so far been paid $24,000 – adds to growing questions about his consulting contract and work product, with two county supervisors alleging last week that the councilman was inappropriately compensated for work he didn't finish.

County Supervisor Todd Spitzer said that Brandman should not have been paid a dime for draft work. And Supervisor John Moorlach said the report could have been done in a few hours. In Moorlach's estimation, the county has already paid 24 times what the report is actually worth.

After learning about the Wikipedia entry in Brandman's report, Moorlach questioned whether the councilman's contract to prepare the report, which was awarded by former Orange County Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly, was merely a guise by his mentor to support Brandman with county funds while he campaigned for office.

“It puts into question the authenticity of the request” to prepare the report, Moorlach said, adding that a refund demand from Brandman is “certainly on the table,” along with new rules on county contracting.

Moorlach stopped short of directly accusing Brandman and Daly of impropriety, saying that “everyone has their day in court” and that he would hold off on such conclusions until after a “thorough investigation.”

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