Ex-lawmaker Dean Florez pays state fine, closes committee

The Sacramento BeeDecember 31, 2013 


Lottery director Joan Borucki, left, appears before Sen. Dean Florez’s Senate Governmental Organization Committee to answer for the lavish party she threw at public expense for lottery employees, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008.

BRIAN BAER — Sacramento Bee

Former state Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter, has closed his 2014 campaign committee for state controller after paying off a $60,000 fine for misusing campaign funds, the largest such penalty in state history.

Although California law allows politicians to tap political donations to pay fines imposed by the state's campaign-finance watchdog, Florez paid $50,500 out of his own pocket. About $9,500 was money remaining in his controller's committee, according to a filing Dec. 27.

The $60,000 fine came after Florez admitting spending $26,542 from committees he established to run for lieutenant governor and state controller on trips, meals and entertainment. He also failed to refund $247,000 in contributions in campaign contributions.

The California Fair Political Practices Commission approved the fine at its Nov. 14 meeting.

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