A citizen group, founded by a Redondo Beach city councilmember, which campaigned in 2015 against Measure B, has been fined $3,000 by the Fair Political Practices Commission.
R4: Redondo Residents for Responsible Revitalization was penalized for leaving out required information on thousands of flyers and door hangars and for failing to file as the correct type of political action committee. City Councilmember Todd Loewenstein is one of two executive officers of R4 along with Rob Gaddis.
“The committee failed to include reference to Measure B in its name on its advertisements and failed to include the committee’s full name and ‘paid for by’ on approximately 3,200 fliers,” the stipulation states.
Despite the violations, the FPPC decided the committee did not intend to conceal or mislead the voters because each advertisement identified the committee as the source of the advertisement and it was clear the committee opposed Measure B.
“The Enforcement Division found no evidence the violations were deliberate. Instead, they appear to be the result of the Committee volunteers’ lack of experience,” according to the FPPC.
While the committee was formed to oppose various developments in the city, its focus on Measure B meant that it should have filed as a ballot measure committee, according to the FPPC.
Loewenstein, who said he will pay the fine out of his campaign funds, said the error was “a case of volunteers omitting something.”
“We aren’t a big group with an attorney who can fulfill all of the requirements of the FPPC’s difficult-to-decipher rules,”…
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