SACRAMENTO — The Fair Political Practices Commission on Tuesday unanimously agreed to fine Bellflower school board member Larry Ward $13,000 for campaign reporting violations arising from his unsuccessful 1986 campaign for the Assembly.
According to documents prepared by the commission staff, Ward violated the Political Reform Act by reporting two $10,000 campaign contributions even though he "knew or had reason to know that there was no actual monetary contribution to him or his committee . . ."
The commission staff had recommended that the five-member panel accept the settlement with Ward, a member of the Bellflower Unified School District board since 1977.
In an interview, Ward, 47, of Lakewood, acknowledged making a mistake but denied doing "anything intentionally . . . to mislead the voters." Ward described the $13,000 fine as excessive, saying that $4,000 "would have been fair." The fine was $1,000 short of the maximum the commission could impose.