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Wednesday, Sep 04 2013 04:52 PM

Political notebook: Politicians dinged for reporting violations

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    By Tomas Ovalle / Special to The Californian

    Andy Vidak has an election gathering at his cherry farm in Hanford in July.

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    By Felix Adamo /The Californian

    Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, on "First Look with Scott Cox" on Wednesday.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

California Fair Political Practices Commission enforcement officers have sent warning letters to Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, and new state Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford, for violating state campaign laws.

It was the first time each politician has run afoul of the state agency charged with upholding election rules.

Kern County Democratic Party Chair Candi Easter filed a complaint against McCarthy after his congressional campaign account contributed $2,500 to Bakersfield City Council candidate Efren Martinez on June 3.

The election was held the next day. Martinez lost to Democrat Willie Rivera.

The FPPC ruled that McCarthy failed to file a notification of the contribution within 24 hours of making it, as required. Instead McCarthy filed it July 15.

Vidak received a warning letter for failing to properly disclose income he received from his ranching and other agricultural operations on his Form 700 -- a list of financial interests politicians are required to fill out when they run for office.

The punishments, FPPC officers wrote, were limited to letters of warning because neither man had a history of violations. Vidak also, the letter notes, filed a revision to his Form 700 immediately after being contacted by the FPPC.

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