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The Fair Political Practices Commission has proposed fining Assemblyman Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, $20,000 for violating campaign contribution limits.

The agency also recommended issuing a $29,000 penalty against the Fresno County Republican Central Committee in the case.

The proposed fines, which must be approved by commission members at their Dec. 10 meeting, are a result of the FPPC's investigation into a series of transactions in which Anderson and his supporters wrote large checks to county Republican committees days before the committees deposited similar amounts into Anderson's campaign coffers.

The FPPC decision, issued today on the agency's Web site, found five instances in which Anderson violated the Political Reform Act by accepting donations over the contribution limits through the party committee. The Fresno County Republican Central Committee was fined for six counts of making contributions in excess of the limits to Anderson's account, one count of failing to report a contribution and one count of failing to report an expenditure.

Anderson, who reportedly returned more than $100,000 in contributions earlier this month, and the central party committee have agreed to pay the stipulated fines as part of the settlement, according to the FPPC order.

Click here to read the FPPC's orders and supporting documents in the case.


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