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Chiang got warning letter for campaign lapses

By Josh Richman
Monday, February 15th, 2010 at 11:43 am in campaign finance, John Chiang.

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.

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  • 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.”