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FPPC investigating complaints against Patty Lopez

Assemblywoman Patty Lopez speaks in her Capitol office on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif.
Assemblywoman Patty Lopez speaks in her Capitol office on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif.

California’s campaign finance watchdog is investigating two complaints against Assemblywoman Patty Lopez, D-San Fernando, whose upset victory shocked the political world.

Since toppling then-Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra in November, Lopez has been the target of complaints from Bocanegra loyalists and party activists who question the political neophyte’s fitness for office and note that she has worked with Republicans. Lopez has already gone through two chiefs of staff during her brief tenure in Sacramento.

Three San Fernando-area Democrats filed complaints alleging Lopez failed to disclose facts about her income and campaign contributions. Two of those complaints have now spurred investigations by the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

One complaint being investigated, filed by Alejandro Morales, alleges that Lopez neglected to file pre-election disclosures and that those she did file “contain completely contradictory, incomplete and deceptive information.”

The other, written by a woman named Rosemary Jenkins who soon after Lopez’s swearing-in wrote a blog post advocating a recall election, claims that Lopez “engaged in a pattern of deception and fraud” by misrepresenting her work history in her ballot designation and not disclosing income from property and the state’s In-Home Supportive Services Program.

A third complaint alleged that Lopez hired a Republican named David Hernandez to work on her campaign but did not report spending money on him, an allegation that the FPPC dismissed for lack of evidence.

A spokesman for the FPPC declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigations. When the complaints were submitted in April, Lopez dismissed them as “a lot of lies” coming from people who are “linked with Bocanegra,” a charge that Jenkins denied.

“They are playing a lot of games,” Lopez told The Bee at the time, adding that “they have been bullying me.”

Jeremy B. White: (916) 326-5543, @CapitolAlert

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