Former congressional candidate Anthony A. “Tony” Strickland agreed to a $40,000 fine from the Fair Political Practices Commission on Thursday, according to press release sent by the agency.
The FPPC said Strickland and the manager of his campaign for state Controller, Lysa Ray, “purposefully or negligently caused, or aided and abetted, three persons to make a four earmarked, over-the-limit contributions to Strickland for Controller in the name of VCRP (Ventura County Republican Party) and SCRP (Stanislaus Republican Central Committee).”
The report said the two GOP groups made $65,000 contributions to Strickland for Controller during his campaign in 2010, but those contributions were concealed.
It also said the campaign filed four false campaign statements, concealing the violations by falsely reporting that the Strickland for Controller campaign received contributions from the two groups when the contributions were actually made by other persons.
The total fines for the violations came to $40,000.