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Shasta Forward files 3 complaints against recall groups

Shasta Forward filed three separate complaints with the California Fair Political Practices Commission against the three groups behind the recall.

Posted: May 4, 2021 6:28 PM
Updated: May 4, 2021 6:32 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - Shasta Forward filed three separate complaints with the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) against Recall Shasta; Red, White, and Blueprint, and the Shasta County General Purpose Committee.

Shasta Forward claims that these groups violated state campaign laws. The group filed the complaint with the FPPC last Friday.

At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, people packed the room. Split between people in favor of recalling Supervisors Joe Chimenti, Mary Rickert, and Leonard Moty.

“Your duty to uphold the constitution in order to protect our rights is far greater than any notion you may have to follow unlawful edicts from Gov. Newsom,” said one public speaker in favor of the recall.

Then there were also those who were against the recall.

“My hope moving forward is that most county voters will overwhelmingly reject signing proponents groundless recall petitions in the weeks to come,” said another public speaker against the recall efforts.

Supervisors Moty, Rickert, and Chimenti, who are officers with Shasta Forward, announced they filed three separate complaints with the FPPC, claiming that the recall groups did not follow the rules.

“They have a right to do what they're doing, but with that right-- like most rights-- comes a responsibility,” said Supervisor Chimenti. “The responsibility is transparency. This community has a right to know who's funding this and where the money is going."

Shasta Forward claims that they found seven separate violations of state campaign laws with these three groups.

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“From the very beginning, we've wondered where the money was coming from to fund the different efforts that they were making,” said Supervisors Leonard Moty. “Very little is being reported and certainly, the amount that's being reported does not equal the amount that's being spent. We have contacted our attorneys to look into this. In their follow-up to us, they have discovered they believe are at least seven violations of FPPC laws.”

One of those claims was the group Red, White, and Blueprint broke campaign finance rules, but one man at Tuesday’s meeting responded to those claims.

“You guys want to open an investigation into who funded the Red, White, and Blueprint? It's me,” said one man who identified as Jon Knight. “I have the right to start a company with other people who see a problem and want to address it and make a docuseries and you guys are acting like we're a political campaign.”

Some people at the meeting are also concerned about the three supervisor’s involvement with Shasta Forward.

“I’m all for having both sides,” said Claire Winson who spoke at Tuesday’s meeting. “For having Shasta Forward as well as the Recall Shasta effort. But I think that is a conflict of interest to have those particular members of the board as officers of Shasta Forward.”

Elissa McEuen, who is with Recall Shasta, tells Action News Now that she was unaware of Tuesday’s news conference that took place. She adds that she plans to look over the claims that Shasta Forward is making.

Recall proponents re-served notices of intent to Supervisors Chimenti, Rickert, and Moty for the second time. Their first recall attempt failed due to a signature error.

The three supervisors have until May 7 to respond.

Click here to read the complaints made by Shasta Forward.

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