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Former FPPC enforcement chief joins Sacramento law firm

Gary Winuk, the FPPC’s former chief of enforcement, speaks to the commission in 2013. Winuk has joined a Sacramento law firm.
Gary Winuk, the FPPC’s former chief of enforcement, speaks to the commission in 2013. Winuk has joined a Sacramento law firm. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Gary Winuk, the former longtime enforcement chief at the state’s political ethics watchdog, has joined a Sacramento law firm, where he will focus on working with local government ethics agencies.

Winuk left the California Fair Political Practices Commission in March after several years there leading the high-profile prosecutions of campaign-finance and governmental ethics cases. He was in sole practice before recently signing on with Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP, a 28-attorney firm.

Winuk’s clients include ethics commissions in Oakland and San Diego, where he is helping the agencies prosecute alleged violations of local ethics ordinances. In San Diego, for instance, Winuk is special counsel in an ethics commission investigation of a towing company that allegedly laundered donations to several mayoral candidates in 2012.

“To join such a great firm and be able to continue the work that I care about is very special,” Winuk said.

Ann Ravel, the current chair of the Federal Elections Commission who previously led the FPPC, said in a statement that Winuk’s “knowledge and experience in the field will greatly help anyone he works with.”

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