Political Notebook

State political watchdog recommends fine for Tulare sheriff

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux
Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux Tulare County Sheriff's Department

California’s political watchdog has proposed fining Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux’s campaign $1,068 for failing to file five required reports during his successful 2014 campaign for the county’s top law enforcement post.

State campaign-finance law requires that in the final 90 days before an election, candidates submit electronic reports within 24-hours for any contributions of $1,000 or more.

The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission says Boudreaux failed to file five of those reports.

Boudreaux said it was a bookkeeping error that led to the reports not being filed.

“There was absolutely no intent to conceal any contributions,” he said. “All contributions were reported.”

The FPPC will take up the matter at its March 17 meeting, and Boudreaux said he wants to put the matter behind him.

“I’m ready to move forward serving the county,” he said.

Boudreaux was named acting Tulare County sheriff in October 2013. He won a four-year term in the June 2014 primary election and was officially sworn in at the start of January 2015.