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Lobbyist fined but Sen. Lara denies he was influenced by debt
Lobbyist fined but Sen. Lara denies he was influenced by debt

A state ethics panel voted Thursday to impose $5,000 in fines on Capitol lobbyist and campaign consultant Richie Ross for putting two legislators under personal obligation to him by not collecting campaign consulting fees they owed. Under a deal with the state Fair Political Practices Commission, Ross also agreed to write off $160,000 owed to him for campaign services he provided to state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-Cupertino). Both lawmakers had contracts with Ross in which they agreed to make monthly payments to him of set amounts if they won election. Lara’s 2009 contract called for the candidate to pay Ross a win bonus of $90,000 in 10...

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