Delano Republican Pedro Rios, who has made two unsuccessful runs for the state Assembly, has agreed to pay a $4,000 fine levied by the state’s political watchdog for violating campaign-finance laws.
The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission said Rios has agreed to pay the fine, which stem from his 2012 run for the 32nd state Assembly seat. He lost in that race to Rudy Salas, and again lost to Salas this year in a rematch.
According to the FPPC, Rios’ campaign agreed to voluntary campaign spending limits, but exceeded that limit by $92,917 in the 2012 general election. His campaign also failed to timely file campaign-finance statements covering Jan. 1, 2013-June 30, 2013.
The FPPC said in court documents that in 2012, the voluntary expenditure limit for Assembly candidates was $909,000 for the general election. For those that do accept the limits, a special designation is given on the sample ballot, and candidates are also allowed to buy space to place a statement in the voter information portion of the sample ballot.
FPPC commission members still must approve the fine. They meet Nov. 20.
Rios did not return a phone call seeking comment.