The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) approved a $6,000 fine for the Friends of Livermore Committee 2016 (FOLC 2016) for three election violations.

The maximum penalty would have been $15,000. However, the FPPC report found no evidence of deliberate omission or attempts to conceal. Further, respondents did not have a prior history of violating, notes the report.

The matter was part of the January 17 consent agenda. No one commented on it.

FOLC 2016 was charged with failure to timely file 24-hour independent expenditure reports, timely file subvendor payments, and provide sufficient notice to potential major donors. In 2016, the Committee spent $213,998 on the Livermore City Council race, both for and against candidates.

In describing the organization, the FPPC stated, “Friends of Livermore (the “Committee”) was a city general purpose committee that was formed in 2007 for the purpose of ‘supporting candidates and measures that share the vision of preserving open space and agriculture in the Livermore Valley and improving the quality of life for Livermore.’”

The Friends of Livermore Committee 2018 last year engaged an expert in FPPC rules to help the committee avoid any future issues.