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De Leon, Hahn dispute warnings for campaign reporting issues

De Leon, Hahn dispute warnings for campaign reporting issues
Congresswoman Janice Hahn is congratulated by L.A. City Councilman Joe Busciano on election night in 2012. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

SACRAMENTO -- State Sen. Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Rep. Janice Hahn (D-Calif.) disputed  warning letters by the state campaign watchdog group that alleged they did not meet all campaign finance reporting requirements. Representatives of both officials said they had complied and are challenging the warning letters.  

One letter from Gary Winuk, chief of enforcement for the Fair Political Practices Commission, said De Leon failed to file a semiannual campaign report for a two-month period in 2012 as required by the state Political Reform Act.

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But a spokesman for the Senator said the finance information was made available to the public in an electronic and paper filing done on time, but the state may have labeled the filing wrongly.

De Leon is expected to become the next president pro tem of the state Senate later this year when current Senate leader Darrell Steinberg leaves office because of term limits.

Another Winuk letter said Hahn's 2018 lieutenant governor campaign committee failed to file the semiannual campaign statement in paper format for the period of Jan. 1 to June 30, 2012.

But a statement by Hahn's campaign said Winuk was mistaken  "Our committee properly filed the report by the designated deadline," the statement said.  "The Secretary of State never should have referred this to the FPPC, and as a result, the FPPC should never have issued a warning letter. We have provided all documentation to the FPPC to clear this up."

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