By DON THOMPSON – Associated Press
Thursday, Dec. 06, 2012 | 02:24 PM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s campaign watchdog said Thursday it is reviewing whether a former state senator broke the law when he used campaign funds to purchase a vehicle formerly owned by the state.
The Fair Political Practices Commission has sent a letter to Republican Bob Dutton, the former minority leader from Rancho Cucamonga, questioning why the title for the 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe is in his name if it was for campaign use.
Depending on the response, the commission could open a formal investigation as early as next week, said Gary Winuk, chief of the commission’s Enforcement Division.
Dutton said he believed he was following the law.
“It’s an officeholder account and it’s been used for officeholder purposes. I’ve bounced it off a couple attorneys and they didn’t see any problems,” said Dutton, who lost a bid for Congress last month.
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