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Culver City : Campaign Violations Cited

The state Fair Political Practices Commission has concluded that opponents of a slow-growth measure on last April’s Culver City ballot failed to file timely campaign statements required by state law.

However, in a letter sent last month to Citizens for Measure II, commission Executive Director Gregory Baugher said no enforcement action will be taken against the committee unless further violations of campaign laws occur.

The commission concluded that the committee, headed by Culver City Planning Commission Chairwoman Dorothy Harris, received $1,150 in contributions, or $150 more than the threshold for filing as a campaign committee. But the commission said the committee failed to file a statement of organization until eight days after the required date.

The commission also found that the committee’s only campaign contribution report filed after the election was deficient.

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The commission reviewed the matter after backers of Measure I, a slow-growth initiative, questioned how opponents could have financed a newspaper advertisement and campaign mailers without exceeding the $1,000 threshold.

Culver City voters approved Measure I to limit the size of new commercial buildings, and defeated rival Measure II.


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