10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Press-Enterprise

The California Fair Political Practices Commission has agreed to settle a complaint of failure to disclose income against San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos for a $200 fine, a campaign spokesman for Ramos announced Tuesday.

David Ellis, Ramos’ campaign consultant, said the state watchdog agency offered a proposed settlement. Ramos signed the agreement on Dec. 8, according to a news release.

Roman Porter, executive director of the FPPC, said he could not comment except to say the case remains open. Any settlements would be made public on the agency’s Jan. 14 agenda, where the commission would grant approval, he said. The agenda will be released on Jan. 4.

Ramos failed to include a $10,000 payment his campaign made to his wife in 2008 in his statement of economic interest form, filed Feb. 9, although it was included in his campaign finance statements for that period. He amended his form last month to include the payment after the complaint was filed.

In a statement, Ramos said he took full responsibility and called the settlement fair and equitable. Noting that he reported the income on his campaign finance statements and taxes, Ramos said “the commission understood this was simply an oversight.”

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