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Prison officers’ union accepts fine for lobbying violations

The top of Form 635, which lobbyist employers such as CCPOA must fill out to report gifts given to lawmakers.
The top of Form 635, which lobbyist employers such as CCPOA must fill out to report gifts given to lawmakers. Fair Political Practices Commission

California’s state prison officers’ union has agreed to a $5,500 fine for failing to disclose gifts it gave to state lawmakers from 2009 to 2011 and a corresponding failure to give gift notifications to the recipients.

Fair Political Practices Commission investigator Gary Winuk and counsel Dave Bainbridge signed off on the stipulated penalty that now goes to the commission for approval.

According to the agreement, CCPOA failed to report meals, gifts and accommodations the union provided to lawmakers for annual Governor’s Cup Foundation golf fundraisers at Pebble Beach. Among the unreported swag and lodging: $36 spa bags, $75 Sherpa blankets, $121 golf clubs, $135 reception admissions and $1,460 for individual accommodations.

The unreported gifts totaled $24.603.50 for the three years. All the gifts were legal and none of the assemblymembers or senators who received them were accused of wrongdoing.

CCPOA spokesman JeVaughn Baker said the errors were caused by a “clerical error between CCPOA and an outside legal team” that failed to report the gifts as the law requires. When the union discovered the errors, it immediately reported them and filed amended disclosure statements, he said.

“We take complete responsibility of the oversight,” Baker said, “and we’ve taken steps to make sure the lapse won’t happen again.”

Call Jon Ortiz, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1043.

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