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Imperial Valley candidates to be audited by state commission

January 03, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

All candidates who ran for public office within Imperial County will have their campaign contributions committees audited under rules by the state Fair Political Practices Commission.

"The FPPC randomly selects local jurisdictions for auditing," said John Symkowick, FPPC media assistant, adding the actual audit is conducted by the state Franchise Tax Board and the results are provided to the county clerk and are public information. "They look for specific findings of nonconformance of the Political Reform Act in terms of campaign reporting and campaign disclosure."

Symkowick was asked if someone was being targeted for auditing.

"No targeting," he said. "No targeting."

The act, adopted by California voters in 1974, requires candidates and campaign committees to periodically file public reports revealing their contributors, donations and expenditures. Additionally, it requires people who have made independent expenditures totaling $1,000 or more in a calendar year to support or oppose officeholders, candidates or ballot measures must disclose who they are and how much they spent.

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A 1996 ballot measure modified the act to cap contributions, limit spending, prohibit lobbyists from making or arranging campaign contributions, ban off-year fund-raising and bar large candidate-to-candidate transfers.

Staff writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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