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September 17, 2003 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
The California Fair Political Practices Commission told a judge Tuesday that it's unclear whether Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante's campaign spending strategy violates state law. The commission filed a 12-page letter as part of a lawsuit filed by state Sen. Ross Johnson (R-Irvine), an author of Proposition 34, the voter-approved initiative that regulates political fund-raising and spending. The commission is charged with enforcing that law.
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February 22, 1991 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Closing a 17-month investigation of Mayor Tom Bradley's financial dealings, the California Fair Political Practices Commission has decided not to prosecute the mayor for possible violations of state conflict-of-interest laws. The commission studied 20 governmental decisions made by Bradley and found that "most of them never had the potential for being true violations of the Political Reform Act," according to a report released Thursday. The report echoes the findings of City Atty. James K.
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July 2, 1993 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Fair Political Practices Commission fined an Orange County developer $10,000 on Thursday for laundering campaign contributions to a variety of candidates in city, county and statewide races. During 1989 and '90, Anaheim-based Arnold Construction funneled $2,880 in campaign contributions through two employees, then reimbursed them with money drawn from three development partnerships associated with the firm.
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October 17, 2003 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
California's Fair Political Practices Commission has sued Caroline Getty, heiress to an oil fortune, charging Thursday that she failed to publicly disclose that she was the source of $1 million in campaign contributions to statewide park bond measures in 2000 and 2002. The suit accuses Getty, the granddaughter of J. Paul Getty and a philanthropist who supports an array of environmental causes, of "campaign money laundering" in giving the donations to the Nature Conservancy.
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April 26, 2003 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
California's Fair Political Practices Commission announced Friday that it has imposed an $80,000 penalty on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for violations of campaign finance disclosure regulations in 2000. The commission, which seeks to enforce campaign finance laws, collected the fine as part of a settlement of a lawsuit alleging that the Democratic committee failed to properly file campaign reports publicly disclosing the donations.
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October 2, 1990 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County Planning Commissioner C. Douglas Leavenworth will not face prosecution for voting on matters affecting a major development company that provided him with golfing privileges, meals and other gifts, an official in the district attorney's office said Monday. Because Leavenworth recently amended a state-required disclosure form, reducing the estimated value of gifts he received in 1987 from the Mission Viejo Co., Assistant Dist. Atty. John D.
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June 30, 1987 | LEO C. WOLINSKY, Times Staff Writer
When it was created in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, California's Fair Political Practices Commission was lauded as the most visible symbol of a new spirit of government openness. A dozen years later, the commission has found itself in the odd position of backing legislation that would close its own investigative files to the public.
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May 2, 1991 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Fair Political Practices Commission is reopening an investigation of Mayor Wayne D. Wedin because of "new information" revealing his business relationship with a planning firm picked last year to conduct a city study, an agency spokesman said Wednesday. An earlier FPPC investigation had ended on Jan. 23 when the commission wrote the Brea city attorney that "no violation" of state conflict-of-interest law "appears to have occurred at this time."
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August 26, 1994 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state's political ethics commission is investigating Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan to determine whether he violated conflict-of-interest law by taking action last year that benefited an engineering firm in which he held $9.75 million of stock. People familiar with the investigation said this week that the California Fair Political Practices Commission is examining Riordan's role in 1993 as a board member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
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August 3, 1989 | JOHN BALZAR, Times Political Writer
A state appeals court ruling has significantly tightened voter-approved restrictions on Legislative campaign fund raising, upholding a ban on all off-year contributions for members of the Senate and Assembly. The portentous ruling, which took state political leaders by surprise, means that assemblyman, who serve two-year terms, can only raise money every other year and senators, who serve four years, face a three-year fund-raising hiatus each term.
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