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Monday, May 06 2013 06:32 PM

Rubio's home transactions cleared by state watchdog

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Former state Sen. Michael Rubio, D-Shafter, is blamed for leaving his party flat-footed twice, weakening its grip on power: When he dropped out of the 21st Congressional District race in 2012 for family reasons and when he resigned from the Senate mid-term, in 2013, to take a job with Chevron. Here he is in a 2011 photo.

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BY LAURA OLSON Associated Press

SACRAMENTO -- Former Kern County State Senator Michael Rubio, who resigned to take a job in the oil industry, did not violate political gifting laws when he entered real estate transactions with a campaign donor who owns an oil-refining business.

The California Fair Political Practices Commission announced the finding Monday in its investigation of former Democratic Sen. Rubio of Bakersfield, who now works for Chevron.

Shortly after Rubio resigned in February, The Sacramento Bee reported that he sold his Bakersfield home to businessman Majid Mojibi, a contributor. Mojibi also loaned Rubio money to buy a $681,000 house in the El Dorado Hills, east of Sacramento.

The commission says the transactions were at fair market value and do not trigger gift laws. The agency proposes fining Rubio $200 for not disclosing the sale of his house.

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