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The state Fair Political Practices Commission has imposed $43,800 in fines on lobbyists and their clients.

By Patrick McGreevy
September 19, 2013, 1:39 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Launching a crackdown on stealth lobbying at the Capitol, the state’s ethics watchdog agency on Thursday imposed $43,800 in fines on lobbyists and their clients for not properly reporting their activity.

The state Fair Political Practices Commission cases include one that implicates one of the most influential government affairs firms in the state— California Strategies LLC. and some of its high-profile partners, including former state Assemblyman Rusty Areias.

Areias, Jason Kinney and Winston Hickox acknowledged that they failed to register as lobbyists and report their paid advocacy work for part of this year and last year on behalf of clients seeking favorable actions from state government.

Commission Chairwoman Ann Ravel said the California Strategies case is “very significant” and is part of a new enforcement strategy.

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