SACRAMENTO -- A prominent government affairs firm and its high-profile employees have agreed to pay $40,500 in in fines for failing to register the workers as lobbyists.
The fines will be paid by California Strategies LLC and Jason Kinney, former lawmaker Rusty Areias and Winston Hickox, who are partners in the firm.
The state Fair Political Practices Commission investigators concluded that Kinney, Areias and Hickox qualified as lobbyists but failed to register with the state and disclose their lobbying activities. California Strategies is affiliated with a firm called California Strategies and Advocacy.
“In this case, three partners of Cal Strategies qualified as lobbyists under the Political Reform Act for their actions with relation to three Cal Advocacy clients, causing Cal Strategies to be required to register as a lobbying firm and those three partners to register as lobbyists,” the investigative report said.