Williams, Nielsen fined over campaign finance violations

Aug 11, 2015 7:44 PM by News Staff, File Photo of State Senator Jim Nielsen

The campaigns of two North State politicians have been fined for campaign finance violations connected to the unsuccessful 2012 campaign to elect Tehama County Supervisor Bob Williams to the state assembly.

In a written decision released this week, the California Fair Political Practices Commission fined Williams’ campaign $13,000 and State Senator Jim Nielsen’s campaign $9,000 for a total of six violations.

The violations included making and accepting over-the-limit campaign contributions and improper campaign disclosures.

Senator Jim Nielsen was fined $1,000 separately for accepting tickets to a Sacramento Kings game from the Indian Tribe that owns and operates Cache Creek Casino in Yolo County.

Treasurer Charles Bell issued the following statement to Action News Now on Nielsen's behalf Tuesday:

“We are pleased to resolve a complaint filed by a political consultant working for an opposing candidate after 3 ½ years and much expense. In their settlement agreement, the FPPC acknowledges that only a minor contribution related to this politically motivated complaint was incorrectly reported and that all other contributions that were a part of this complaint were both lawful and correctly disclosed by the committees involved.

With regard to the “Receipt of Unlawful Gift,” the FPPC acknowledges that the gift was correctly disclosed by the Nielsen committee, but was subject to a new interpretation of the gift rules.”


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