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SacBee: Sacramento lobbyist’s dual roles spark watchdog scrutiny

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By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
11/15/2014 10:00 PM

When Sen. Ricardo Lara ran for a Los Angeles-area seat in the Legislature in 2010, he turned to a veteran Sacramento campaign consultant to help him get elected: Richie Ross, who has decades of experience running campaigns for Democrats across California.

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SacBee: State watchdog launches probe of California GOP spending

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By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
11/14/2014 9:52 PM

The state’s political ethics watchdog has launched an investigation into whether the California Republican Party violated campaign finance rules in the Central Valley’s 21st Assembly District.

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LATimes: Assemblyman Ian Calderon faces fines for not disclosing income

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Democratiec Assemblyman Ian Calderon has agreed to pay fines for not disclosing income.

By Patrick McGreevy
November 11, 2014

There is more legal trouble for the once politically powerful Calderon family.

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By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
11/10/2014 7:53 PM

Richie Ross, a longtime Democratic campaign consultant and lobbyist, has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine and write off $160,000 he’s owed for violating California’s lobbying laws, according to a proposed settlement he reached with the staff of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

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By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
11/01/2014 4:53 PM

California lawmakers racked up more than $4 million in campaign credit-card charges during the first 18 months of this election cycle.

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The Sun: Complaint planned over San Bernardino Councilwoman Marquez’s campaigning

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Councilwoman Virginia Marquez and Bill Sandefeur campaign for Measure Q by Perris Hill Park on Saturday. (Photo courtesy Carla Velarde)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/28/14, 4:57 PM PDT | Updated: 38 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> An organizer opposed to the proposed charter reform Measure Q plans to report Councilwoman Virginia Marquez for allegedly using a city-sponsored park clean-up to campaign for the charter change.

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Hesperia Unified School District

By STAFF REPORTS
Posted Oct. 28, 2014 @ 7:08 pm
Updated Oct 28, 2014 at 7:11 PM

The Fair Political Practices Commission acknowledged receiving a complaint against the Hesperia Unified School District in an Oct. 20 letter to a Hesperia resident, but advised him to contact the Attorney General over allegations that the district has misused public funds in support of a bond measure.

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VoiceofOC: Nguyen Campaign Donors Face Money Laundering Investigation

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Supervisor Janet Nguyen’s handling of CalOptima has drawn scrutiny from the county grand jury. (Photo by: Nick Gerda/Voice of OC)

Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 1:41 pm | Updated: 11:23 pm, Fri Oct 17, 2014.
By THY VO and NICK GERDA

The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating nearly a dozen people for political money laundering in connection to campaign contributions to county Supervisor and state Senate candidate Janet Nguyen.

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UTSanDiego: Hundreds fail to report bond-firm meals

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Statewide investigation started in Poway, nabbed 260 officials
By Ricky Young and Jeff McDonald
Oct. 6, 2014 – 02:52 p.m.

California regulators have cracked down on hundreds of public officials up and down the state who accepted meals, baseball tickets, brownies and other gifts from a bond-finance company and failed to disclose them.

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 – 5:53 pm

CalPERS board member Priya Mathur, repeatedly fined for violating state campaign-finance disclosure rules, is facing a $4,000 penalty for her latest transgression.

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LATimes: New finance disclosure tool lists top campaign spenders

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By Melanie Mason
September 9, 2014

A new level of campaign spending disclosure unveiled by the state’s ethics agency Tuesday enables voters to quickly see the top donors in this year’s ballot measure fights and other campaigns.

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LATimes: California lawmakers send governor new gift rules after scandals

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By Patrick McGreevy
August 30, 2014

The state Senate on Friday acted on stricter ethics rules meant to restore public confidence in the Legislature after three senators were charged with criminal wrongdoing.

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By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jul. 18, 2014 – 3:25 pm

California’s political ethics agency has begun posting the names of campaign treasurers who have repeatedly run afoul of state rules, with the goal of alerting candidates and party officials.

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The PE: STATE SENATE: FPPC clears Bonnie Garcia

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Bonnie Garcia

June 6, 2014

A state agency has cleared Inland state Senate candidate Bonnie Garcia of any wrongdoing after a complaint alleged a phony nonprofit funneled about $100,000 to her from a police union.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in the P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

The Sun: Former City Attorney Penman cleared of FPPC complaint

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/05/14, 8:55 PM PDT | Updated: 28 secs ago

The Fair Political Practices Commission has cleared former City Attorney James F. Penman of an allegation springing from the recall effort against him and other officials.

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SacBee: FPPC upholds $40,000 penalty against Sen. Tom Berryhill

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 24, 2014

California’s political-ethics panel Thursday unanimously approved a $40,000 money-laundering penalty against state Sen. Tom Berryhill, agreeing with an administrative law judge’s recommended decision that the Twain Harte Republican committed “serious and deliberate” violations of campaign-finance rules.

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The PE: FPPC: Gift of 49ers tickets costs former Inland assemblyman $1K

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April 24, 2014

A state agency has fined a former Corona assemblyman $1,000 for accepting tickets to a San Francisco 49ers football game arranged through a lobbying firm, a penalty the ex-lawmaker called politically motivated.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

SacBee: Amid scandal, Senate committee approves political fundraising bills

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The latest on California politics and government
April 22, 2014

The scandal-ridden state Senate took a step toward cleaning up its image Tuesday, when a key committee approved several bills aimed at purifying the role of money in California politics.

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LATimes: CalPERS board member under scrutiny again for late financial reports

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Priya Mathur, a longtime member of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System Board of Administration, is in trouble again with the Fair Political Practices Commission for failing to file timely reports.

By Marc Lifsher
April 20, 2014, 4:37 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — A longtime board member of the country’s largest public pension fund is in trouble again with California’s political watchdog.

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SacBee: FPPC delays decision on Berryhill money-laundering case

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 17, 2014

The board of California’s political ethics watchdog Thursday postponed action on a recommended $40,000 money-laundering penalty against state Sen. Tom Berryhill, his brother and Republican central committees in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: FPPC gains more power, but lacks a chairperson

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014 – 12:13 am

Whether it’s football, tiddlywinks, poker or politics, the rules of the game can play a big role in determining who wins.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 7, 2014

Sean Noble, the man who operated an Arizona nonprofit group that channeled millions of dollars in anonymous donations to two California ballot measures in 2012, said in a television interview Sunday that the investigation he faced by California’s political watchdog was “a complete over-reach.”

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SacBee: Jerry Brown signs bill expanding reach of FPPC

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The latest on California politics and government
April 3, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation expanding the power of the Fair Political Practices Commission to investigate or seek injunctions in campaign finance cases, his office announced Thursday.

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LATimes: Bill to give ethics agency more audit power clears Legislature

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By Melanie Mason
March 10, 2014, 3:28 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — The Assembly gave final legislative approval Monday to a bill that aims to crack down on anonymous campaign money by giving California’s ethics and tax agencies more authority to conduct investigations.

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InlandPolitics: Sloat Higgins: SoCal legislators get FPPC warning letters

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

The fallout from the scandal involving Sacramento lobbyist Kevin Sloat and his firm Sloat, Higgins, Jensen and Associates, has touched several Southern California legislators, in addition to the Governor himself.

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LATimes: Ethics agency releases warning letter to Gov. Brown

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California Gov. Jerry Brown received a warning letter from the state Fair Political Practices Commission over expenses covered at two fundraisers by lobbyist Kevin Sloat. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times / February 13, 2014)

By Patrick McGreevy
February 25, 2014, 4:38 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — The state ethics agency on Tuesday made public a warning letter to Gov. Jerry Brown, 10 days after it was provided to the chief executive as a caution for accepting improper contributions from a lobbyist.

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UTSanDiego: Democrats still have $30K of foreign cash

Party says it will hold tainted funds in trust for now
By Jeff McDonald
Feb. 21, 2014

One month after pledging to dispose of $30,000 pegged by prosecutors as an illegal campaign contribution from a foreign national, the Democratic Party of San Diego County has yet to send back or donate the money.

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SacBee: California campaign finance reporting bills on verge of governor’s desk

By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 – 11:00 pm

A pair of bills requiring greater transparency from electioneering nonprofits are one step away from Gov. Jerry Brown.

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By Patrick McGreevy and Paige St. John
February 20, 2014, 10:51 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — An attorney who aided an investigation that resulted in fines against lobbyist Kevin Sloat said the settlement of the matter approved Thursday by the state Fair Political Practices Commission falls short and fails to address some of the most serious allegations involving elected officials.

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SacBee: California bill would ban lobbyists from hosting fundraisers

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The latest on California politics and government
February 12, 2014

Reacting to this week’s announcement that a Sacramento lobbyist is paying a six-figure fine for making illegal campaign contributions by hosting lavish political fundraisers at his home, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia introduced a bill Wednesday to ban the practice.

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SacBee: Sacramento lobbyist Kevin Sloat faces $133,500 FPPC fine

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento gives a thumbs up after Gov. Jerry Brown announced that his office has come to an agreement with all four leaders of legislation on prison housing plan.  To Steinberg's left is Senate Republican Leader Rob Huff R-Diamond Bar,  Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, D-Los Angeles and Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, R-Visalia.

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
February 10, 2014

Lobbyist Kevin Sloat has set a new record in California, agreeing to pay the state a fine of $133,500 — the largest ever for violating state laws that regulate lobbyists.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom to get warning letters in FPPC case

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The latest on California politics and government
February 7, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom are among state officials who will receive warning letters in the California Fair Political Practices Commission’s investigation of a firm headed by a Sacramento lobbyist who held lavish fundraisers for politicians at his home, a source said.

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ModestoBee: Berryhills lose in money-laundering trial

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By Garth Stapley
gstapley@modbee.com
February 7, 2014 Updated 9 hours ago

Sen. Tom Berryhill and Republican committees in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties should be fined a combined $40,000 for laundering campaign money to Berryhill’s brother in 2008, an administrative law judge recommended.

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SacBee: Sacramento lobbying firm fined for lavish fundraisers with lawmakers

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By Laurel Rosenhall and David Siders
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 – 12:00 am

The state Fair Political Practices Commission is issuing warning letters to as many as 40 state elected officials after reaching a tentative agreement to fine a firm headed by a Sacramento lobbyist who held lavish fundraisers for politicians at his home, sources told The Bee.

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CapitolWeekly: FPPC: ‘Worst ever’ violations in 2013

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By JOHN HOWARD
Posted 02.05.2014

A year-end report of California’s campaign law enforcer includes hundreds of violations, ranging from failure to report donations to money laundering to the infusion of millions of dollars in stealth cash to influence measures on the 2012 ballot.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: More campaign finance violations

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 – 04:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 3, 2014 – 07:15 p.m.

[Violation List Modified to add Supervisor James C. Ramos for a 2/2013 contribution by Majestic Realty]

San Bernardino County’s campaign finance ordinance must have been meant as a cocktail party joke.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Campaign finance violations

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Friday, January 31, 2014 – 12:30 p.m.

Last Tuesday, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted to start the process to amend the campaign finance ordinance related to contribution limits.

The county tells local newspapers the changes are recommended by the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), and it’s all their idea,

It smelled kind of fishy at the time. Well now we know why.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County to revise its campaign finance reform ordinance

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/28/14, 10:07 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved revisions to its campaign finance reform ordinance, two years after it was established to combat corruption.

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SJMercuryNews (AP): California collects $300,000 in campaign ethics case

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By Juliet Williams
Associated Press
Posted: 01/24/2014 12:53:36 PM PST
Updated: 01/24/2014 12:53:36 PM PST

SACRAMENTO — California’s political watchdog agency said Friday it has collected $300,000 from one of two campaign committees accused of improperly reporting contributions in a case that prompted the largest ethics fine in state history.

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LATimes: Two groups that used secret political donations haven’t paid penalties

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The state is still trying to collect $15 million from the groups, which spent that sum after it was transferred from Arizona organizations without being disclosed.

By Chris Megerian
January 16, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — State authorities have yet to receive $15 million in penalties they imposed on campaign groups after a headline-making investigation into secret political donations.

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SacBee: FPPC investigating Roger Hernandez campaign for money laundering

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 8, 2014

California’s political watchdog agency is investigating whether money laundering took place during Assemblyman Roger Hernandez’s 2010 campaign and is fighting with his lawyer to get access to bank records, according to a filing this week in Los Angeles Superior Court.

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LATimes: Current, former lawmakers cited for alleged campaign violations

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By Patrick McGreevy
January 7, 2014, 10:25 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — Former state Assemblyman Russell Bogh has agreed to pay a $3,000 fine to the state ethics agency for exceeding a limit on the size of campaign contributions in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for state Senate.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 6, 2014

California’s political ethics watchdog continued its proactive approach to enforcing the state’s political reform act last year, with prosecutions of serious campaign cases and lobbying violations reaching record highs in 2013.

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SacBee: Former California lawmaker pays state fine, closes committee

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December 31, 2013

Former state Sen. Dean Florez has closed his 2014 campaign committee for state controller after paying off a $60,000 fine for misusing campaign funds, the largest such penalty in state history.

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SacBee: FPPC asks Kevin de León about Latino Caucus contribution to Calderon group

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
December 5, 2013

California’s political watchdog agency is asking state Sen. Kevin de León for more information about a $25,000 contribution the Legislature’s Latino Caucus made to a nonprofit group run by former Assemblyman Tom Calderon.

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SFChronicle: Political watchdog seeks more bite with new law

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Melody Gutierrez
Published Friday, November 22, 2013

Sacramento — The state’s political watchdog agency ramped up its enforcement efforts this year, issuing a record $1 million fine while filing 250 cases against lobbyists, lawmakers and the politically inclined. Behind the scenes, the Fair Political Practices Commission has been waging another fight – to force those they fine to pay up.

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LATimes: California probe of campaign donations sheds light on ‘dark money’

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From left are Gap Chairman Bob Fisher, investor Charles Schwab and philanthropist Eli Broad. A state investigation found that the three were among donors who gave to groups that in turn gave to the campaigns against California’s Proposition 30 and Proposition 32. (Times Wire Services)

By Chris Megerian and Anthony York
November 3, 2013, 9:51 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Tony Russo had a multimillion-dollar problem.

The Republican consultant and his team had raised piles of cash to use in California politics as last November’s election approached. But a wrinkle in state law meant he couldn’t spend it in the final two months of the campaign without jeopardizing the anonymity he had promised his rich donors.

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – 11:00 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – 11:56 pm

Jeff Miller, a fundraiser soliciting money for conservative causes in California’s initiative wars last year, had a prospective contributor lined up, but he was apprehensive.

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LATimes: State watchdog who probed secret political money takes U.S. post

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Ann Ravel, outgoing chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, announces $16 million in penalties in a probe of anonymous political donations. She starts her new job as a member of the Federal Election Commission on Monday. (Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press / October 24, 2013)

By Chris Megerian and Evan Halper
October 26, 2013, 5:46 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Ann Ravel will start her new job in Washington on Monday with the kind of celebrity status rare for a career government lawyer.

As California’s top political watchdog, she launched a landmark investigation into secretive nonprofit groups that spent millions on state campaigns last year, and she announced $16 million in penalties against those groups this week.

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LATimes: Big penalties but limited disclosure in secret campaign donor case

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By Chris Megerian
October 24, 2013, 12:22 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — California political campaign committees that received money from a secretive network of conservative nonprofits last year, including $11 million from an obscure Arizona group, face hefty penalties from state regulators, officials announced Thursday.

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LATimes: Political watchdog to levy $1-million fine on out-of-state groups

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By Chris Megerian and Anthony York
October 23, 2013, 9:36 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — The state’s political watchdog will announce a combined fine of $1 million — the largest-ever for violating the state’s campaign finance laws — against a pair of nonprofit groups for funneling millions of dollars into a pair of ballot measure campaigns in 2012.

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LATimes: Gov. Brown gives public a closer look at elected officials’ finances

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One of the 33 bills signed by Gov. Brown on Tuesday will create a database for annual disclosure reports that can be accessed by the public on one website.

By Patrick McGreevy and Anthony York
October 8, 2013, 7:35 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday to give Californians a better peek into the wallets of their elected officials and to provide the state’s ethics watchdog agency with more tools to hold politicians accountable for misconduct.

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SacBee: California Strategies walks line between lobbying and public affairs

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 – 12:36 am

Devon Ford, an associate in the influential public affairs firm California Strategies, sounded enthusiastic about an event his company was hosting at the Auto Club Speedway, a Southern California racetrack in Fontana that is one of its clients.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Shutdown means a no-show at Assembly jobs hearing

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October 04, 2013; 06:06 PM

The federal government shutdown isn’t just idling Inland campgrounds and air base commissaries. Last Friday, Washington’s impasse made its presence felt at the inaugural hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Small Business Financing and Development Opportunities.

To read column by Jeff Horseman, Imran Ghori and Jim Miller in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

LATimes: New multi-state group pushes campaign disclosure

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By Chris Megerian
October 3, 2013, 12:04 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — California’s top campaign finance watchdog announced Thursday a collaboration among multiple states to share information on enforcing disclosure rules.

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September 30, 2013

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The Riverside County Democratic Central Committee recently received a warning from the state’s campaign finance watchdog for minor rules violations.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

SacBee: FPPC’s Ravel confirmed to Federal Election Commission

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The latest on California politics and government
September 23, 2013

Ann Ravel, chair of the state’s ethics watchdog, today received unanimous confirmation to serve on the Federal Election Commission.

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SacBee: California political watchdog sets sights on major cases

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By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Sep. 22, 2013 – 12:00 am

When the California Fair Political Practices Commission levied hefty fines last week against three well-connected partners in a prominent Sacramento public affairs firm, it capped a string of high-profile cases that underscore the commission’s combative new approach under ethics chief Ann Ravel.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: FPPC fines Skechers for not reporting contributions on time

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September 19, 2013; 10:41 PM

The California Fair Political Practices Commission fined Skechers $2,400 for late disclosures involving thousands of dollars in contributions the shoe company made to Moreno Valley City Council members embroiled in a political corruption investigation.

To read story by Suzanne Hurt in The Press Enterprise, click here.

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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.

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SacBee: FPPC approves new rules for political bloggers

Capitol Alert
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September 19, 2013

Bloggers and others who are paid to post political messages online are subject to new disclosure rules under regulations the Fair Political Practices Commission approved Thursday.

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LATimes: Campaign finance bills fare poorly in California Legislature

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Measures to increase power of a state watchdog and raise fines for violations stall. Only one, requiring more training for campaign treasurers, goes to the governor.

By Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason
September 17, 2013, 5:00 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — After an anonymous $11-million donation from Arizona sent shock waves through California politics last year, the state Capitol seemed primed for new measures to tighten campaign finance rules.

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SacBee: FPPC fines Kinney, Areias and Hickox for covert lobbying

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 9, 2013

Three well-connected partners in the prominent California Strategies public affairs firm have agreed to pay fines to California’s political watchdog agency for trying to influence state government decisions without registering as lobbyists.

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SacBee: FPPC-sponsored disclosure bill draws concern from nonprofits

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 5, 2013

A proposed California campaign finance reform law could backfire and hurt good actors rather than rein in shadowy interest groups, according to watchdog organizations.

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LATimes: California GOP violated campaign finance rules, watchdog says

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By Patrick McGreevy
August 30, 2013, 8:16 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — The California Republican Party violated state campaign finance rules by failing to properly disclose its contributions last year to a campaign against newly drawn state Senate districts, the state’s ethics agency has concluded.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: DA political letter and photos under investigation

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Mike Hestrin

August 27, 2013; 05:56 PM

Federal authorities are investigating a political letter using the Riverside police union’s letterhead and claiming to include racy photos of a district attorney candidate’s wife.

To read story by John Asbury in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Calbuzz: Why FPPC Should Expose Online Campaign Trolls

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By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
Monday, August 26, 2013

There is simply no logical or ethical reason to oppose a proposal, pending before the Fair Political Practices Commission, that would require candidates and campaigns to identify the people and amounts of money they pay to post propaganda online

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SacBee: Fundraisers abound as California legislative session nears end

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By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 – 12:05 am

Fans of nibbling shrimp, sipping wine and mingling with the powerful are in luck right now – if they’ve got at least $1,000 to drop.

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Voice of OC: FBI Spearheads Task Force to Probe OC Political Corruption

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The FBI says it’s formed a task force to investigate political corruption in Orange County.

Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013 6:00 am | Updated: 2:31 pm, Thu Jul 25, 2013.
By TRACY WOOD and NORBERTO SANTANA JR.

The FBI, Internal Revenue Service, district attorney and U.S. attorney’s office have formed a task force to investigate reports of political corruption in Orange County, the FBI confirmed Wednesday.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: Is there a problem?

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013 – 11:00 a.m.

Is there a problem?

It would sure appear that way!

Everyone, including the voters, was warned long before the November 2012 election.

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SacBee: Fair Political Practices Commission names executive director

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
July 5, 2013

Erin V. Peth will serve as the California Fair Political Practice Commission’s new executive director, the campaign finance watchdog decided in a closed session meeting today.

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Monday, June 17, 2013 – 03:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 17, 2013 – 10:00 p.m.

The saying “absolute power corrupts absolutely” definitely rings true in San Bernardino County.

An ongoing political finance case, and a new revelation, add to the argument that the 2011 prosecution of Former San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry, on a campaign finance violation, was a politically-motivated attack orchestrated by San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos, a self-proclaimed political enemy.

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LATimes: Campaign watchdog agency calls for more disclosure by nonprofits

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By Patrick McGreevy
April 10, 2013, 2:20 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — The state’s campaign watchdog agency is supporting sweeping changes to California’s political finance laws, including proposals to lift the veil of secrecy from nonprofit groups that are spending record amounts of money on political campaigns in the state.

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SacBee: FPPC solidifies stance on campaign finance bills

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 10, 2013

The California Fair Political Practices Commission on Wednesday morning formally backed several bills aimed at strengthening the state’s campaign finance rules.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Legislative money ban would fail

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Apr. 7, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Apr. 7, 2013 – 7:33 am

Dan Schnur came to Sacramento a couple of decades ago as a media spokesman for then-Gov. Pete Wilson.

Schnur later became chairman of the Fair Political Practices Commission and today directs the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California.

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SacBee: Ravel talks about FPPC’s plans for tracking political money

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Capitol Alert
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March 14, 2013

California Fair Political Practices Commission chairwoman Ann Ravel spoke to The Bee’s editorial board Thursday about how she plans to use the remainder of her tenure tracking money in California politics.

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LATimes: California legislators disclose gifts received in 2012

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Corporations, trade groups and other special interests with matters before the Legislature doled out trips, sports tickets, meals and other perks. In August, legislators killed a measure that would have prevented some such giving.

By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
March 3, 2013

SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers accepted a trip to Brazil, fine cigars and crystal ducks, among many other gifts from corporations, trade groups and other special interests last year.

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By Tracy Seipel
tseipel@mercurynews.com
Posted: 02/27/2013 06:39:59 PM PST
Updated: 02/27/2013 07:23:40 PM PST

Seeking to improve transparency and revolutionize the way residents interact with their government, the state’s political watchdog agency on Thursday will discuss a new application software that it says can help the public better gauge where potential conflicts of interest may exist with their elected officials.

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SJMercuryNews: California campaign-finance reporting ripe for abuse

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By Steven Harmon
Bay Area News Group
Posted: 02/23/2013 07:21:00 PM PST
Updated: 02/24/2013 09:44:18 AM PST

SACRAMENTO — With no opponent last year, Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla glided through the election season. But the Martinez Democrat spent campaign money as if she were fighting for her political life.

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The Sun: City Attorney James Penman absolved of accepting bribe

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/05/2013 08:55:45 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – There is no evidence that City Attorney James F. Penman accepted a gift and failed to disclose it in 2010, according to a letter from the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission.

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SacBee: Dan Morain: FPPC pulls thread on laundered money

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By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 13A

Upon counsel’s advice, political operative Joel Fox declined to discuss the $11 million that was funneled to his political action committee last fall, other than to say he had done nothing wrong, and that he had received a subpoena from the Fair Political Practices Commission.

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SacBee: Political watchdog to look at lobbyist spending

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By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

California’s political watchdog agency is moving to crack down on lobbying rules that have allowed interest groups to hire former politicians as consultants and launch ad campaigns to push their agenda with virtually no financial disclosure.

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Posted: 01/28/2013 02:35:03 PM PST
Updated: 01/28/2013 06:05:01 PM PST

By Andrew Edwards
Staff Writer

Former Sen. Bob Dutton will not be fined for having a Chevrolet Tahoe registered in his own name as well as a political committee he formed to pay for expenses related to his work in the Legislature.

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Voice of OC: OC Fair Panel Calls for State Probe of Failed Sale Attempt

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013 7:00 am | Updated: 12:18 pm, Thu Jan 17, 2013.
BY NORBERTO SANTANA JR.

A committee set up by the Orange County Fair Board is recommending that the board urge Gov. Jerry Brown to investigate a shadowy statewide organization, the California Construction Authority, in connection with the failed effort during the Schwarzenegger administration to privatize the fairgrounds.

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LATimes: California ethics commission is at a crossroads

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The state’s five-member Fair Political Practices Commission has three upcoming vacancies and is expecting a new executive director. Some of the panel’s critics are hoping a tougher watchdog emerges.

By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
January 17, 2013

SACRAMENTO — The state agency that polices political spending led a national push to expose secret campaign cash from Arizona last fall. But it has a mixed record of pursuing rule breakers within California’s own political establishment.

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