SACRAMENTO -- The state ethics agency on Tuesday made public a warning letter to Gov.
The state Fair Political Practices Commission sent warning letters to 37 politicians indicating the expenses covered at fundraisers by lobbyist Kevin Sloat violated the ban on contributions from lobbyists.
Brown was warned about two fundraisers organized by the California Democratic Party and held at Sloat's house in 2012 to benefit the Brown for Governor 2014 campaign and committees supporting his Proposition 30.
"At those fundraisers, he (Sloat) provided beverages to guests and may have provided floral arrangements and/or cigars for the event," wrote FPPC Enforcement Chief Gary Winuk in the letter to Brown. "Because the total cost of the event exceeded $500, the beverages, and any other items purchased for the event by Mr. Sloat, constituted non-monetary contributions to your campaign under the Act."
Brown is prohibited from receiving any campaign contributions from lobbyists registered to lobby his administration.
"However, Mr. Sloat did not inform you that he was providing this non-monetary contribution and, therefore, it appears that you were unaware that he provided it," Winuk wrote.
"Additionally, it appears your campaign committee properly disclosed all other known contributions and expenditures associated with the event, and the amount of Mr. Sloat's contribution was relatively small," the letter said. "As a result, we are closing your case with this warning letter."