State Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris at a press conference in February. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
November 3, 2015
A state ethics agency has told California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris that it may launch an inquiry into an allegation that she received gifts from a company owned by a San Francisco interior designer that exceed legal limits.
On Oct. 13, the Fair Political Practices Commission sent a letter to Harris, who is running for U.S. Senate, stating that the agency “is considering initiating an investigation concerning your receipt of furnishings, accessories and services from Ken Fulk, Inc., over the gift limit.”
The allegation was made in an anonymous tip to the agency, said FPPC spokesman Jay Wierenga. He cautioned that the agency investigates more than 1,000 complaints a year and initiates hundreds more. The agency has simply requested a response from Harris at this point, which is pending, he said.
“I would categorize it as routine,” he said.
Wierenga declined to provide details about the tip, including a description of the gifts or when they were allegedly given. Under state law, state elected officials are prohibited from receiving a gift or gifts totaling more than $460 in a calendar year, with a few exceptions such as gifts from family members.
Harris, a Democrat, is a former San Francisco district attorney who was elected attorney general in 2010 and reelected last year.
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