The contributions came from two Arizona based non-profits that were found to be in violation of California law.
The FPPC’s Gary Winuck said one of the PACs, the Small Business Action Committee, has already disgorged $300,000.
“I think this should send a very strong message to political action committees,” he said, “that, first of all, you should have your due diligence done when accepting contributions.”
Wincuk said the committees have agreed to pay back the full amount, but the FPPC lacks the power to make sure they do. He said neither PAC broke any laws.
The SBAC said it agreed to the settlement to put the case behind it.
Take a tour of the California state Capitol - but not just any tour. This one includes a little history, some surprising details that are easy to miss, and a rare trip to the top of the Capitol dome.
It can be very expensive to run for office in California. Turns out, it can be expensive to maintain an office after you have won it as well.
The University of California Board of Regents is set to debate a proposed tuition increase Wednesday. UC President Janet Napolitano’s plan would raise tuition by five percent for the next five years – unless the state increases the UC's funding.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is up with a new TV ad that criticizes Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.
California is tapping into reserves to pay for the cost of fighting wildfires.