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George Soros agrees to $8,000 fine for 2004 California election rules violation

May 11, 2009 |  4:36 pm

National political activist George Soros has agreed to pay $8,000 in fines to California’s ethics watchdog agency for failing to properly disclose $500,000 in contributions he made to support a state ballot measure that would have curtailed the use of three-strikes sentencing laws against criminals.

Soros, a resident of New York, made the contributions to the nonprofit Drug Policy Action Network, which used it to support Proposition 66 on California’s 2004 ballot. Voters defeated the ballot measure, which would have sharply restricted the three-strikes law.

The state Fair Political Practices Commission disclosed the fine as one of several enforcement actions it will consider ratifying May 21. Those actions include a $400 penalty against Bobbie Parks, the wife of Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks, for failing to disclose her personal finances as required by the state because she is a member of the Baldwin Hills Conservancy.

-- Patrick McGreevy