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Chiang got warning letter for campaign lapses

It seems state Controller John Chiang hasn’t always been so tidy with his bookkeeping.

The California Fair Political Practices Commission sent Chiang, who’s seeking re-election this year, a warning letter Jan. 25 regarding some campaign finance law violations from his 2006 campaign.

“(W)e found that out of the 165 late contributions received totaling $387,443, late contribution reports were not filed for two contributions received totaling $1,000 each and not timely filed for sixteen other contributions received totaling $31,200,” the letter said. “In addition, we noted that of the approximately $3.4 million in expenditures made, subvendor information totaling $500,378 for the semi-annual reporting period made June 30, 2006 was disclosed one year late.”

Although these are violations of the state’s Political Reform Act, the FPPC decided to close the case with only a warning because the rest of Chiang’s paperwork was timely filed, and even the late stuff ended up being disclosed before the election. Also, the letter notes, Chiang and his campaign treasurer amended the campaign statements and disclosed all the subvendor information of their own accord.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Bob

    Why is this guy getting a free pass? Chiang should be held to a higher standard as the state controller. Financial reporting is the bread and butter for a controller for god’s sake. And to make it worse, he’s been so vocal about others’ lapses. Can’t we elect someone with more competency and less bluster?

  • Bill

    Really? Chiang should be applauded for voluntarily making the corrections and doing so before the election…campaign filings are exceedingly difficult and complex…Chiang , like every other candidate, relies on a professional treasurer to complete the forms…sometimes, things fall through the cracks…the FPPC acknowledges it and as the article reflects, “the rest of Chiang’s paperwork was timely filed, and even the late stuff ended up being disclosed before the election. Also, the letter notes, Chiang and his campaign treasurer amended the campaign statements and disclosed all the subvendor information of their own accord.”