Ever since Willie L. Brown Jr. was elected speaker of the California State Assembly in 1980, rumors of financial improprieties and allegations of conflicts of interest -- rightly or wrongly -- have swirled around him. The financial questions continued to dog Brown when he successfully ran for mayor in 1995, and since then he has done little to dispel them. In part, the mysteries of Brown's finances spring from the vague nature of legally required public disclosure forms, which report an official's income and holdings only... More >>>