CalPERS Board Member Faces Quadrupled Fine After Repeatedly Failing To Disclose Campaign Finances

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CalPERS board member Priya Mathur failed to turn in campaign finance and conflict of interest statements in 2002, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

She’s been fined numerous times, but her next one is going to be bigger the biggest yet: the panel that levies the fines has agreed to quadruple Mathur’s latest fine, from $1000 to $4000. From the Sacramento Bee:

The Fair Political Practices Commission plans to impose a $4,000 fine at its Oct. 16 meeting. Mathur has agreed to the fine, according to FPPC documents.

The agency’s staff had proposed a $1,000 fine for Mathur’s most recent violation, in which she failed to file campaign finance statements on time. But the commissioners decided at their August meeting that Mathur’s repeat offenses warranted a penalty of $4,000. The fine comes to $1,000 for each of the four campaign finance statements that she was late in filing.

In a Sacramento Bee interview earlier this summer, she blamed the latest problems on a paperwork snafu. But FPPC staff said it took “numerous requests” from investigators to get Mathur to finally submit the documents.

Mathur last week was declared the winner, based on preliminary results, in her bid for re-election. An official with the Bay Area Rapid Transit district, Mathur will serve another four-year term starting in January.

Mathur has been fined $13,000 by the Comission during her time on the CalPERS board.