first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “They offer no argument or authority why the expenditures are not independent expenditures, other than the naked declaration that they are not …,” the court said. “Unfortunately, … the law says otherwise.” Independent expenditures are campaign expenditures made without coordination with a candidate or a ballot measure committee. Thomas Hiltachk, the treasurer and attorney for the California Recovery Team, said the committee “accepted the court’s decision” but stressed that all the expenditures at issue were reported before the election. “It’s really a question of what form should we have filed them on,” he said. Alliance for a Better California, a campaign committee that opposed the Schwarzenegger ballot measures, said the California Recovery Team voluntarily filed more than 160 campaign spending reports covering more than $25 million in expenditures a few days before the election. SACRAMENTO – A state appeals court says a campaign committee controlled by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger broke state law by not promptly reporting millions of dollars in expenditures promoting four measures on last November’s special-election ballot. The 3rd District Court of Appeal, in a decision issued Wednesday, said Schwarzenegger’s California Recovery Team should have reported the expenditures within 24 hours after they were made during the 90 days leading up to the Nov. 8 election but failed to do so. “CRT ignores that the (Political Reform Act) requires reporting of independent expenditures on a 24-hour basis during an election cycle,” a three-judge panel said. “CRT is not free to determine when and what information to discuss; it must comply with the (act).” The court said attorneys for the California Recovery Team and Schwarzenegger acknowledged that the spending met the “statutory definition” of independent expenditures but that somehow they were not. But those reports were “well beyond the 24-hour reporting deadlines,” said Joe Nuez, the alliance’s chairman. He filed a complaint Thursday with the state Fair Political Practices Commission, citing the appeals court decision and urging the agency to fine the Schwarzenegger committee. A spokesman for the FPPC, Jon Matthews, said he could not comment on the complaint except to say that the commission’s chairwoman, Liane Randolph, had sent a letter to the court last year “supporting the interpretation of the Political Reform Act that the court eventually followed.” Schwarzenegger’s campaign opponents brought the case to the appeals court after a Sacramento County Superior Court judge concluded that the law was “less than clear” on what the California Recovery Team’s reporting requirements were. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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