Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/30/2010 01:32:02 PM PDT

The state Fair Political Practices Commission has declined to investigate an allegation that a San Bernardino Valley Community College District board member failed to report a campaign contribution, citing insufficient evidence.

Richard Boyle, a candidate for a seat on the college district’s board of trustees, filed the complaint earlier this month, alleging board member Carleton Lockwood Jr. perjured himself by failing to report a $4,000 slate mailer that endorsed him on campaign finance forms in 2008.

The slate mailer was paid for and distributed by the Community College District Teachers Association Political Action Committee, and also endorsed board members John Futch and John Longville.

Lockwood reported in 2008 that he spent and received less than $1,000 on his campaign that year.

“After review by staff, it was determined that this complaint does not contain sufficient evidence to allege a violation of the Political Reform Act,” said the letter addressed to Boyle by the FPPC dated Sept. 21.

Lockwood has served on the college district board since 1992. He is not up for re-election until 2012.

“I have conducted myself as a college trustee for 18 years with integrity and honesty. I will continue to encourage community members to exercise their right to question public officials,” Lockwood said in a statement. “I will not, however, be dispirited by those who falsely discredit my record solely for their political gain.”

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