Debra J. Saunders

Also on Monday, a Superior Court judge told Team Bustamante that it's a violation of the state's $21,200 campaign contribution limits to funnel six-figure contributions into old campaign war chests (grandfathered from the Proposition 34 limits), then transfer the money to present campaign coffers. Who knew it was wrong for Team Bustamante to accept $1.5 million from the casino-rich Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and move the money to another campaign promoting Bustamante? (The answer: anyone who could read a newspaper. Anyone not employed by the Flagrant Political Practices Commission.)

The judge told Bustamante to return the unused money. But, rats. The money's already spent. Break California election law, and you'll have to confront the short arm of the law.

"The decision was the total vindication of Cruz Bustamante," said Cruz Bustamante himself.

He's not even governor, and already he's talking like the old Gray Davis.

Debra J. Saunders

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