May 9, 2016 – 2:01 P.M.
California enforcement officials are proposing $80,000 in ethics fines against former state Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Camarillo).
The punishment is for allegedly aiding three supporters in disguising that they were the true source of contributions to Strickland’s unsuccessful 2010 campaign for state controller.
The recommendation from the enforcement division of the state Fair Political Practices Commission comes in documents released Monday after Strickland was accused of 16 violations of campaign finance law, including political money laundering and the filing of false statements.
Strickland and his attorney have not responded to notices from the FPPC offering him a chance to defend himself, so the commission will consider adopting, at its May 19 meeting, what’s known as a Default Decision and Order declaring he violated the law.
The FPPC enforcement division alleges Strickland arranged for supporters to make $65,000 in contributions to his campaign, but through and in the name of the Ventura County Republican Party and the Stanislaus County Republican Party.
The investigation found the true sources of the contributions were supporters Matthew Swanson, president of Associated Feed & Supply Co.; Andrew Barth, an investment manager residing in San Marino; and William M. Templeton, a Dallas resident who had significant business interests in oil and gas production and real estate in Ventura County.
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