SACRAMENTO -- The California Republican Party violated state campaign finance rules by failing to properly disclose its contributions last year to a campaign against newly drawn state Senate districts, the state’s ethics agency has concluded.
In all, the state GOP provided $1.9 million in contributions, in-kind services and loans to the group Fairness and Accountability in Redistricting (FAIR), which qualified a ballot measure to overturn the new state Senate redistricting maps.
After the Supreme Court found the maps were properly drawn, FAIR dropped its opposition to the redistricting plan. An investigation by the state Fair Political Practices Commission found that the state party failed to meet deadlines for disclosing five contributions to FAIR.
“By failing to both timely file required ballot measure contribution reports and properly itemize contributions on those contribution reports, your client has violated the [Political Reform] Act,” FPPC enforcement chief Gary Winuk wrote to GOP attorney Charles Bell Jr. in a letter released this week.