Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair and California Democratic Party Vice Chair Eric C. Bauman has filed a complaint against Secretary of State candidate and former Fair Political Practices Commission Chair Dan Schnur for possible violation of the California Political Reform Act.
In the complaint filed with the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), Stephen J. Kaufman, Legal Counsel to Bauman, states that in the course of the Sacramento County Superior Court proceedings in March during which Bauman successfully challenged Schnur’s misleading ballot designation, Schnur justified his ballot designation by noting, “Between January 2013 and March 2014, I have been compensated for speaking engagements in the amount of approximately $12,500.” Schnur’s financial disclosure Form 700 also lists income received from speechmaking in the last year.
The California Political Reform Act, a portion of which has been codified as Government Code Section 89502, states that “[n]o candidate for elective state office…shall accept any honorarium.” Schnur became a candidate when his Candidate Intention Statement and Statement of Organization were filed on January 2, 2014. From that date onward, Schnur was barred from accepting compensation for speechmaking. Nevertheless, his court argument clearly indicated that he continued to receive compensation after he was prohibited to do so.
“As the former FPPC Chairman and a self-proclaimed ‘political reformer,’ we hope that Mr. Schnur could at least follow the state laws that he was charged with enforcing. Alas, this former Republican political operative continues to show his true colors one deception after another. If he can’t even follow election laws, how can anyone trust Schnur as the top election official of our state? We urge the FPPC to take immediate action to investigate this egregious violation.” said Eric C. Bauman, Chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.