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.
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.
The official portrait of Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been unveiled and historian says Schwarzenegger’s image reflects the changing nature of gubernatorial portraits.
UPDATED: Gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Neel Kashkari debated Thursday night. Watch a replay here, or listen to a reply at 9 a.m. Friday on the News Station, in place of Insight.
California’s earthquake early warning system is up and running – but there’s no money or infrastructure to distribute alerts to the general public yet. A conference at UC Berkeley Wednesday discussed the issue.