AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake But before politicians are fined, McCormack will notify them of a violation and set a hearing date for them to challenge the fine. And no one will be fined if they return a contribution within 30 days of becoming aware of a violation. The ordinance requires McCormack’s office to review campaign contributions and investigate any potential violations. If a violation is believed to be a crime, McCormack’s office will refer the case to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. McCormack’s Chief Deputy Kristin Heffron said her office was not asked to help the county counsel and district attorney draft the ordinance. Yaroslavsky said he wants McCormack to issue quarterly or semi-annual reports listing violators. After months of haggling over the details, the county Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to strengthen the county’s campaign finance law, giving Registrar-Recorder Conny McCormack the authority to levy fines up to $5,000 per violation. “It doesn’t go as far as I’d like, but it’s certainly an improvement over what we had,” Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said. “The district attorney was not enforcing it and nobody was reviewing people’s campaign statements.” In the past several months, the supervisors have been debating a plan to screen campaign finance filings to ensure compliance with a proposition voters passed in 1996. The Campaign Finance Ordinance was designed to reduce the influence of campaign contributions on county government and elected officials’ decisions. The amended ordinance prohibits the Board of Supervisors, district attorney, sheriff, assessor and hundreds of other officeholders in schools, community college and special districts from accepting more than $1,000 per donor and knowingly soliciting or accepting donations from registered lobbyists. “Part of the incentive for people to be overly diligent about complying with campaign laws is the potential embarrassment of violating them,” Yaroslavsky said. The board’s vote follows reports that more than two dozen contribution violations occurred in 2003-04, including instances involving District Attorney Steve Cooley and Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke and Don Knabe. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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