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Assemblywoman, Sacramento mayor face fines from watchdog agency

December 3, 2012 |  5:28 pm

State Assemblywoman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) has agreed to pay $2,250 in fines for failing to disclose information on subvendors who were paid $229,347 by her 2010 campaign for election.

Grove reached an agreement with the enforcement staff of the state Fair Political Practices Commission to pay the fines, although the commission is meeting Dec. 13 to vote on the penalty.

The state ethics agency said that Western Pacific Research Inc. was hired by Grove’s campaign but the candidate failed to properly report that research firm payments to the Battin Group went for various television and radio stations to air commercials, and payments to Post Road Communications paid for print and mail.

Separately, the commission staff is proposing a $37,500 fine against Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson after several donors made donations for a combined total of $3.5 million to charities at Johnson’s behest but the mayor failed to report the behested payments to the state within 30 days.

Johnson has agreed to pay the fine for not reporting the donations from 2009 to 2012. The fine will also be considered by the commission Dec. 13.


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