Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer has agreed to pay California's political watchdog a $10,000 fine for hiding the source of a $50,000 loan to his 2012 campaign.
The Los Angeles Democrat accepted the loan from his girlfriend, Maria Ann Chachere, in December 2011, according to a proposed settlement he reached with the Fair Political Practices Commission. Jones-Sawyer deposited the money into his personal checking account and then wrote a $50,000 check in his own name to his campaign committee, the agreement says.
The transaction amounts to two violations of the state's Political Reform Act, the settlement says -- first for accepting a political contribution above the $3,900 limit in effect that year, and second for hiding the source of the funds.
The FPPC is recommending the maximum penalty of $10,000 arguing that Jones-Sawyer should have known the $50,000 loan went beyond legal limits and that the source of political contributions must be disclosed.
The commission meets June 19 to vote on the proposed penalty. At the same meeting it will also consider:
- A $2,000 fine for Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, for late reporting of 11 campaign contributions in 2011
- A $3,600 fine for lobbyist Marcie Berman for late filing of four quarterly financial reports
- A $400 fine for former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado's ballot measure committee for failure to file a 2013 campaign statement
- A $200 fine for Assemblyman Tim Donnelley's California Patriots PAC for late filing of a 2013 campaign statement
- A $200 fine for Dan Schnur, a former FPPC chairman and former candidate for Secretary of State, for not reporting a gift of travel expenses on his statement of economic interest
PHOTO: Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles, on March 11, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua