Elk Grove City Councilman Pat Hume has been fined $1,000 by the state Fair Political Practices Commission for his failure to report brunches and dinners he received during council members' annual lobbying trip to Washington, D.C., in 2009.
The nine meals valued at a combined $728 occurred over four days in April 2009 during the city's Capitol to Capitol event.
Among meal sponsors were GenCorp Inc., Teichert, Granite Construction and Kaiser Permanente. Each of the meals cost more than $50, the threshold for reporting such gifts.
"It was just shoddy reporting," Hume said Wednesday when asked what happened. "When it was brought to my attention, I filed an amendment. The amendment was outside the acceptable (reporting) period."
The FPPC in the Dec. 13 action could have fined Hume $5,000. The panel noted that he had no prior history of violating the California Political Reform Act, and it said it weighed whether the omission was inadvertent, negligent or deliberate.
"I think there are corrupt politicians," Hume said. "In this case, we are talking about dinners attended by hundreds of people. There was no lobbying going on.
"The i's were not dotted and the t's were not crossed, and it cost me $1,000."
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