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.
The California Legislature is expected to adjourn its two-year session just past midnight Friday. It's an early end to what has so far been a surprisingly calm final week.
California's Senate passed a bill that would require public institutions of higher education to adopt procedures to prevent campus sexual assault and domestic violence, and to assist victims.
A bill that would require toy guns to be painted with markings to show they are fake has passed the state legislature.
The California Legislature’s “gut-and-amend” process is highly criticized, but lawmakers defend it as necessary.
Sources tell Capital Public Radio that a deal has been reached for legislation that would tighten regulations for ride-sharing companies.