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Capitol Alert
By Taryn Luna
May 19, 2016 – 11:59 AM

  • The former legislator admitted his part in a campaign finance scheme
  • The Fair Political Practices Commission lowered Strickland’s fine to $40,000
  • Strickland currently serves as the California chairman of the Committee for American Sovereignty, a new pro-Trump super PAC

Former Republican lawmaker Tony Strickland will pay a $40,000 fine under a settlement with campaign finance regulators approved Thursday, with the former lawmaker admitting that he arranged for supporters to bypass voter-approved contribution limits during his 2010 race for state controller.

A Fair Political Practices Commission investigation found that Strickland routed $65,000 in illegal contributions from three individuals to a campaign fund to support his bid to unseat Controller John Chiang in 2010.

According to case documents, Strickland asked donors to funnel money earmarked for his campaign through the Ventura County Republican Party and the Stanislaus County Republican Party committees. The county committees passed the funds along to Strickland for Controller and in some instances received a cut of the money.

The plot allowed the original donors to conceal their identities in state filings and circumvent the then-contribution limit of $6,500 per election for controller’s candidates.

“We are pleased Mr. Strickland accepted responsibility for the violations,” said Galena West, the FPPC’s chief of enforcement in a statement. She said the fine “sends a message that this type of activity will be aggressively prosecuted and will not be tolerated.”

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