Campaign contribution filing errors lead to warnings for Adam Hill and Caren Ray

dsneed@thetribunenews.comMarch 28, 2014 

San Luis Obispo County Supervisors Adam Hill and Caren Ray have received warning letters from the state Fair Political Practices Commission for failing to fully report campaign contributions.

The commission told Ray that she failed to disclose the street addresses of several contributors during 2013. Instead, the report listed post office boxes.

Ray said that both mistakes were “clerical errors and rookie mistakes” that were corrected as soon as they were discovered and before receiving the warning letter.

In Hill’s case, he reported that contributor Gary Grossman, who gave $1,000, was retired when he was actually the president of Coastal Community Builders at the time of the reporting period that ended July 1, 2013.

Hill said the mistake was made because “retired” was the occupation that was listed on the envelope containing the contribution. Hill said he sent a letter to the FPPC correcting the mistake and has not returned the $1,000 contribution.

The letters were dated March 25 and informed both Hill and Ray that, because they have no prior cases with the agency’ enforcement division, both cases are closed.

However, the commission warned that the information from the cases will be retained and could be used if further violations of the Political Reform Act are discovered.

“Failure to comply with the provisions of the act in the future will result in penalties up to $5,000 for each violation,” said Gary S. Winuk, chief of the agency’s enforcement division.

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