FPPC Fines MUSD Board Member
By EGP Staff Report
California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has fined Hector Chacon, a member of the Montebello Unified School District Board of Education for violations that date back to 2008 and 2009.
The FPPC voted at its June 19 meeting to fine Chacon $16,000 for misusing campaign funds and for failing to report economic interests as required by law.
According to the FPPC, Chacon’s campaign committee, California Citizens for Good Government, co-named in the complaint, paid his political consulting firm Quantum Management Services approximately $75,000 between 2008 and 2009, in violation of the Political Reform Act.
The Act makes it illegal law to use campaign funds to pay entities where the political candidate has a controlling interest and influence, which Chacon had in Quantum as its sole owner and employee.
As an MUSD board member, Chacon is required to file SEI, statements of economic interest, forms yearly, and to disclose all the areas where he held an economic interest in the year prior. According to the FPPC, Chacon failed to disclose his interest in Quantum in 2008 and 2009, in violation of the law.
The FPPC findings concluded that as 20-year member of the MUSD board, Chacon “should have been aware of the campaign disclosure obligations and campaign fund prohibitions under the Act.”
Chacon could have faced a maximum penalty of $25,000, but received the smaller fine because he cooperated with the FPPC and agreed to stipulate to the findings and to amend his statement of economic interests, according to the 10-page complaint.
Chacon was recently re-elected to his sixth term on the MUSD Board of Education.Print This Post
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