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August 13, 2013
FPPC still reviewing - not investigating - arena signature money

The state's political watchdog is still in the process of reviewing allegations that the funding for a signature drive seeking to derail the city's arena plan was not properly reported. However, the Fair Political Practices Commission has not yet launched a formal investigation, as a pro-arena campaign group announced in a press release today.

Gary Winuk, chief of the FPPC's enforcement division, said only that the commission is reviewing the case and that no decision has been made on whether a formal investigation has opened yet.

"We can, however, gather information and request compliance during our review period," Winuk said. Winuk previously said that the FPPC would review the case for about two weeks before a decision on whether to investigate would be made.

Some people involved in the case have told The Bee that they've been interviewed by FPPC investigators.

Those include Paul Olson, who said he was paid $80,000 by Los Angeles law firm Loeb & Loeb to gather signatures by paid workers for a proposed June ballot measure that would require voter approval of subsidies for sports facilities. The FPPC is looking into the source of that $80,000, which has not been reported on state financial disclosure records.

Loeb & Loeb is the law firm that represented the Maloofs when the family worked out a deal to sell the Sacramento Kings to a group in Seattle. The Maloofs have denied involvement in the arena signature campaign.

FPPC investigators have also met with Julian Camacho, who is the co-founder of Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork (STOP), a local volunteer effort also trying to gather signatures for the arena ballot measure.

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About City Beat

Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Contact reporter Ryan Lillis at rlillis@sacbee.com

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