By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/12/15 – 4:56 PM PDT | U
The state Fair Political Practices Commission has fined San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon and 4th District Supervisor Curt Hagman each $1,500 for campaign finance reporting violations during the 2014 election cycle.
The FPPC jointly fined McMahon’s and Hagman’s treasurers, Marvin Reiter and John Fugatt, as well.
Though McMahon’s and Hagman’s cases are up for review by the FPPC at its Aug. 20 meeting, McMahon, Hagman and their treasurers have already stipulated to the violations and paid the fines.
McMahon and Reiter were fined for accepting one campaign contribution of $500, in the form of a cashier’s check, and a $100 contribution, in the form of a money order, neither of which were drawn from the bank account of the contributors, a violation of state law, according to the FPPC.
McMahon said volunteers working on his campaign mistakenly accepted the cashier’s check and money order, which got deposited into his campaign account.
“That’s what happens when you have a bunch of hard-working volunteers who work on campaigns and don’t do it for a living,” McMahon said.
“It was a technicality, and I don’t want to fight with the FPPC because, by the letter of the law, it was wrong. Occasionally, mistakes are made.”
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