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Tuesday, Jun 10 2014 12:03 PM

Assemblywoman Grove fined $2,000 for campaign-finance violation

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, has agreed to pay a $2,000 fine for campaign violations, according to documents from the state Fair Political Practices Commission.

The documents say the Shannon Grove for Assembly 2012 campaign committee and Karen Cain, its treasurer, failed to file online reports disclosing contributions of $5,000 or more received outside the election cycle.

The failure to report was discovered during an audit by the Franchise Tax Board for the period of Jan. 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2012, the FPPC documents say.

During that time, they say, the Grove committee reported receiving $513,295 and spending $449,456. Therefore, the committee exceeded the $50,000 threshold for online filing requirements in June 2011, the FPPC said.

Specifically, it said Grove’s committee received 11 contributions of $5,000 or more from various individuals, totaling $77,400 and failed to report them within 10 days of receipt in online campaign reports.

The agreement is scheduled to go to the FPPC for approval at its next meeting.

Grove released a statement attributed to Cain about the fine:

“The 2012 campaign was inadvertently late on reporting several contributions during the 2012 reporting periods. The contributions were reported. They were reported prior to the election, but were inadvertently missed during the required time period and were reported on a later report. The committee was assessed a fine by the regulatory agency."

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