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Maldonado to pay a hefty fine

In this photo taken April 27, 2010, newly appointed Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, of Santa Maria, who is seeking the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor in the June primary, smiles while standing at a podium.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
In this photo taken April 27, 2010, newly appointed Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, of Santa Maria, who is seeking the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor in the June primary, smiles while standing at a podium. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) AP

Former Lt. Gov. and Central Coast state Sen. Abel Maldonado has agreed to pay a $28,000 fine for failing to file various reports required by California laws that regulate political and campaign activity, according to the state Fair Political Practices Commission.

His is among a number of high-profile enforcement actions the Sacramento-based panel is scheduled to take up on April 11.

Maldonado was accused of failing 14 times to file various contribution reports from 2004 to 2008.The former Republican official, his Senate campaign committee and campaign treasurers Christopher J. Raymer and Chris Steinbruner were accused of two counts of failing to file late contribution reports, according to the FPPC.

They were also accused of eight counts of failing to file online campaign reports disclosing contributions of $1,000 or more received during the 90-day period before an election.

And, they were accused of four counts of failing to file online campaign reports disclosing contributions of $5,000 or more received outside the 90-day period before an election.

Others facing enforcement actions include Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, as well as a member of the state’s tax-collecting Board of Equalization, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and other tribes and a number of lobbyists. The tribes were also accused of failing to properly file required reports.

Villaraigosa has agreed to a $40,000 fine, while the others have agreed to fines numbering in the low thousands of dollars each.

Villaraigosa was accused of failing to report free tickets he got to events ranging from Los Angeles Lakers games, a Spice Girls concert and the 2009 “American Idol” finale.

Villaraigosa, who was Assembly speaker before becoming mayor, has agreed to the proposed fines, although he told investigating officials he believed attending events in his official capacity exempted him from reporting requirements.

But, a report issued on Friday noted, the Democrat “has been in office in one capacity or another for almost twenty years,” and should have known better.

Jerome Horton, a Democrat on the Board of Equalization, was accused of illegally rolling more than $100,000 from his failed 2006 BOE election campaign into a 2008 state Senate campaign.

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