The California Fair Political Practices Commission has fined a local school bond campaign for failing to file timely financial reports.
Citizens for Quality Kerman Schools and its respondents, Charles H. Jones and Julie Gragnani, were ordered to pay $3,000 for two counts of violating state Government Code. The campaign is working to support Measure K, a bond initiative asking voters for $27 million to repair school facilities. The fine was announced in the FPPC’s November meeting agenda.
The FPPC found that the campaign failed to turn in a timely pre-election campaign statement for the July 1-Sept. 24 filing period. It also failed to file late campaign contribution reports in time for four donations totaling just over $21,000. Both violations carried a maximum fine of $5,000 per count.
Jones said the campaign will pay the fine and move forward. As of Oct. 27, the campaign had raised more than $63,000.
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Two candidates in local school board races also were fined by the FPPC:
▪ The Committee to Elect Richard Caglia was fined $214 for failing to file a timely pre-election campaign statement. Caglia is running unopposed for re-election to the State Center Community College District Board of Trustees.
▪ Friends of Isabel Machado was fined $217 for a similar violation. Machado is running for one of four at-large openings on the Clovis Unified School District Board of Trustees.