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Congressman Fined in Campaign Finance Case

December 04, 2001|From Times Staff Reports

The Federal Elections Commission has levied a $3,200 fine against Rep. Joe Baca (D-Rialto) for a variety of campaign finance violations in the 1999 special election that first sent him to Congress and in the 2000 primary election.

According to the agreement, Baca:

* Accepted corporate contributions, which are prohibited, from Coors Distributing Co. ($500) and Saturn of Chino Valley ($1,000). He later returned the money.

* Accepted excessive contributions from the Keep the Seat Democratic Committee totaling $6,575. He later refunded $4,575.

* Accepted a $500 contribution from a political action committee, Inland Chapter of PORAC PAC, that was not a qualified federal PAC. He returned the money.

* Failed to include all campaign debts in his campaign's periodic disclosure filings.

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