Ex-Senate Leader Faces Fines for Misusing Funds

Nov 5, 2013 12:55 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Dean Florez, former majority leader of the California Senate, is facing record fines for campaign violations including using more than $26,000 in political funds to buy concert tickets, fireworks, and other personal perks.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1b9sY2W ) cites documents from the Fair Political Practices Commission that show Florez has agreed to pay $60,000 in fines.

The ethics agency found Florez made 168 personal purchases from campaign committees he set up for an abandoned 2010 run for lieutenant governor and a 2014 candidacy for state controller.

Florez admitted to 12 counts of violating campaign rules, including failure to return $247,000 he had raised for his lieutenant governor campaign after he abandoned it three months before the June 2010 primary.

Florez, a Democrat, represented a San Joaquin Valley district until 2010.


Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com


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