Cuesta College committee fined $6,000 over Measure G advertisements

The Fair Political Practices Commission fined the Friends of Cuesta College Committee and Ed Maduli $6,000 last week for an advertisement violation related to the campaign for Measure G in 2006.

That measure would have increased property taxes by $25 per $100,000 assessed valuation. It failed by a 56-44 percent margin.

The Friends of Cuesta College Committee was primarily formed to support the passage of the ballot measure. Maduli was the committee’s treasurer.

The FPPC ruled that the committee did not follow proper disclosure rules because it did not print a statement in two newspaper advertisements and a direct mailing advertisement. California law requires specific disclosure requirements for certain types of advertisements.

--AnnMarie Cornejo