A scandal involving eight Bell, Calif. city officials charged with misappropriating $5.5 million in public funds has touched a nerve with voters around the country.
"The city had almost no accounting controls, no checks or balances, and the general fund was run like a petty-cash drawer," state Controller John Chiang, a Democrat who is running for re-election in November, said in a statement. "The city's purse-strings were tied to only one individual, resulting in a perfect breeding ground for fraudulent, wasteful spending."
An audit found that former City Manager Robert Rizzo spent more than $5.8 million on salaries for top officials in the last year alone.
The case has made the salary and benefits packages for government officials a major issue in the California governor's race.
Penny Nance, the chief executive officer of Concerned Women for America, talked more about why the scandal has garnered so much outrage on the Sept. 24 edition of the CBN Newshchannel's Morning News. Click play to watch the interview.