Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/29/2010 07:14:56 PM PST

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos and his campaign committee treasurer have each agreed to pay a $2,500 fine for failing to report expenditures on campaign finance forms last year.

Under a stipulated agreement with the state Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), Ramos and Marvin Reiter will pay the administrative penalties imposed by the commission.

The commission will decide on whether to accept the stipulated agreement at its next meeting on Dec. 9, said Roman Porter, FPPC executive director.

“They (Ramos and Reiter) tendered a check in the amount of the fine, and they signed the stipulation admitting guilt,” Porter said Monday.

If the commission accepts the agreement, the checks totaling $2,500 will be sent to the state general fund. If the commission rejects it, the money will be returned to Ramos and Reiter and the commission will recommend another enforcement action, Porter said.

Ramos and Reiter, according to the FPPC, failed to disclose nine credit card expenditures of $100 or more, totaling about $8,619, on a semi-annual campaign finance statement for the reporting period of July 1-Dec. 31, 2009. The nine credit card expenditures are:

* A $901.20 charge to the Embassy Suites Hotel

* A $300 charge to the Institute for Advancement of Criminal Justice

* A $795.40 charge to U.S. Airways

* A $1,011.76 charge to the JW Marriott Hotel

* A $135 charge to the Oak Quarry Golf Club

* A $224.49 charge to the Hyatt Regency Hotel

* A $149.08 charge to the Tartan restaurant in Redlands

* A $4,102.01 charge to the Doubletree Hotel

* A $1,000 charge to Farm Artisan Foods.

Ramos and Reiter reported the non-itemized expenditures with the following incorrect description: “no credit card payees over $100,” FPPC documents show.

“Respondents’ failure to itemize the expenditures in question deprived the public of information that it was entitled to receive prior to the election that was held on June 8, 2010,” according to a FPPC document detailing the unreported expenditures.

Ramos on Monday referred calls to his campaign manager, David Ellis.

In a statement, Ellis emphasized that the commission clearly states that the violation “pertains solely to a failure to itemize – not any sort of misuse of funds.”

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