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Two assemblymen agree to Fair Political Practices Commission fines for campaign finance violations

Assemblyman Richard Bloom has agreed to pay $5,000 in fines to the state Fair Political Practices Commission for violations of the state campaign finance disclosure rules. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
Assemblyman Richard Bloom has agreed to pay $5,000 in fines to the state Fair Political Practices Commission for violations of the state campaign finance disclosure rules. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Democratic Assemblymen Richard Bloom of Santa Monica and Al Muratsuchi of Torrance have agreed to pay fines for violating state campaign finance disclosure laws, according to documents released Monday.

Bloom has agreed to pay $5,000 in fines to the state Fair Political Practices Commission for failing to disclose 11 contributions made and received by his 2014 campaign within 24 hours of the donations, a requirement during the last days before an election.

The contributions not disclosed on time totaled $80,420 and included checks from Paramount Pictures, Anheuser Busch Companies and the Assn. of California Life & Health Insurance Companies PAC.

“Here, the actions of the committee appear to be the result of negligence, but there is no evidence of deliberate omission or attempts to conceal,” said a report by Galena West, chief of enforcement for the commission.

The commission will meet Jan. 18 to consider approving the fines recommended by West and agreed to by Bloom. The panel is also set to vote that day on approving $1,667 in fines agreed to be paid by Muratsuchi.

Those fines are based on allegations that Muratsuchi’s 2014 campaign for Assembly did not report $26,000 in contributions within 10 days in some cases and 24 hours in others.

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