FPPC clarifies its position on El Dorado supervisor

Published: Saturday, Jun. 15, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2013 - 9:02 am

A state political watchdog agency says a letter it issued Monday, saying an El Dorado County supervisor didn't have a conflict of interest in board votes, shouldn't be interpreted as supporting him in a separate criminal case.

The state Fair Political Practices Commission enforcement division on Monday informed El Dorado Supervisor Ray Nutting that he didn't have a conflict of interest when he voted to fund two fire districts. But it recommended a $400 civil fine for the supervisor's failure to declare state fire prevention income he received in 2009.

In a follow-up letter issued Friday, the FPPC said its administrative review was entirely separate from a pending prosecution of Nutting by the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office and involved separate areas of the law.

"Our finding should have no bearing on any other potential violations of law or the pending criminal case," FPPC enforcement division chief Gary Winuk wrote Nutting in the letter Friday. "We do not have jurisdiction over, did not investigate, and did not make findings as to any other potential violations of law that may have occurred."

Nutting is charged with four felony counts, including filing false documents, perjury and conflict of interest, stemming from his failure to disclose some $70,000 in state income for brush clearing a family ranch.

Call The Bee's Peter Hecht, (916) 326-5539.

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