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Bar Cuts Ties with Political Consultant Allied with Dunn

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 25, 2014

SACRAMENTO - Lost in the morass of litigation and allegations that enveloped the State Bar over the last week was the news that not only was executive director Joe Dunn sent packing, so was his political ally Richie Ross.

Ross, a lobbyist and campaign consultant, followed Dunn to the Bar when the latter was named chief executive in 2010. And shortly before the Bar canned Dunn amid reports of questionable spending and misleading the board of trustees on important issues, it terminated Ross' consultancy contract, Bar president Craig Holden confirmed. The near-simultaneous departures were fitting for a political pair whose careers have intertwined for almost two decades.

Ross helped Dunn, an Orange County trial lawyer, defeat former state Senate Republican leader Rob Hurtt in a 1998 upset victory. Termed out of office in 2006, Dunn praised Ross in his goodbye speech on the Senate floor, calling him "an amazing teacher ... who has taught me so much along the way."

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