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CalPERS board member now facing $4,000 fine over campaign disclosure problems

CalPERS board member Priya Mathur, repeatedly fined for violating state campaign-finance disclosure rules, is facing a $4,000 penalty for her latest transgression.

The Fair Political Practices Commission plans to impose a $4,000 fine at its Oct. 16 meeting. Mathur has agreed to the fine, according to FPPC documents.

The agency’s staff had proposed a $1,000 fine for Mathur’s most recent violation, in which she failed to file campaign finance statements on time. But the commissioners decided at their August meeting that Mathur’s repeat offenses warranted a penalty of $4,000. The fine comes to $1,000 for each of the four campaign finance statements that she was late in filing.

In a Sacramento Bee interview earlier this summer, she blamed the latest problems on a paperwork snafu. But FPPC staff said it took “numerous requests” from investigators to get Mathur to finally submit the documents.

Mathur last week was declared the winner, based on preliminary results, in her bid for re-election. An official with the Bay Area Rapid Transit district, Mathur will serve another four-year term starting in January.

Mathur has already been fined a total of $13,000 by the FPPC for several violations over the past few years, including late filing of campaign documents and conflict-of-interest statements. After she was fined in 2010, the CalPERS board punished her by removing her as chairwoman of the health benefits committee and suspending her from traveling on CalPERS business.

She has regained the leadership of the committee, which is now known as the pension and health benefits committee.

Neither Mathur nor CalPERS officials were immediately available for comment.