Ethics agency will not investigate complaint over Schwarzenegger affair
The state’s ethics agency has rejected a request by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party to investigate whether former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger violated any state laws during an affair with a housekeeper that resulted in his fathering a child.
A complaint that did not allege any specific wrongdoing was filed with the state Fair Political Practices Commission, which enforces the state Political Reform Act regulating campaign finances.
"The Fair Political Practices Commission will not open an investigation into this matter," wrote Executive Director Roman Porter in a letter to party attorneys. "After review of your complaint, the information you provided is insufficient to establish a violation of the act."
County Party Chairman Eric C. Bauman acknowledged that the group has no evidence of any specific wrongdoing, but party representatives had asked the FPPC to look at the issue to determine whether any campaign money was used as part of the affair.
"I’m disappointed but not surprised," Bauman said Monday of Porter's decision. Bauman said he would consult with his attorneys to determine whether anything more can be done but said that without any specific allegations, the party may drop the matter.
-- Patrick McGreevy
Photo: Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Credit: Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images