Fair Political Practices Commission investigating D.A.-elect Cynthia Zimmer
5:52 PM, Jul 23, 2018
6:02 PM, Jul 23, 2018
The Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating Kern County District Attorney-elect Cynthia Zimmer.
The FPPC released documents Monday outlining the investigation into Zimmer.
The allegations against Zimmer are listed as follows:
Local Ordinance/Local Contribution; Limits Zimmer et al coordinated with multiple committees to circumvent Kern County Campaign Reform (sic) Ordinance aka Measure K.
Unidentified Advertisement or Mailer; Direct mail and slate mailers mis-identified
Contribution Limits Violation; Transfer between Candidate Committees (85306) Multiple committees used to circumvent local ordinance aggregate campaign expenditure limit, individual and committee campaign contribution limits.
Laundered Campaign Contributions; Contributions by Intermediary or Agent (84302) Contributions funneled via fraudulent IE Committees to violate Measure K.
Campaign Reporting Inaccurate/Incomplete; 84303 - Expenditure by Agent or Independent Contractor. Coordinated "IE Committees"
Campaign Statements Not Filed; Independent Expenditure Committee and Major Donor Committee Campaign Statement (84200) Non existent "committees"; etc.
Violation of Rules Regarding Contributions; Violations of Voluntary Expenditure Limits (85403) Exceeding limits of Measure K.
Advertisement Disclaimers effective 2018; “Not Authorized by the Candidate” Disclaimer for Independent Expenditure Ads (84506.5) Chad Louie for Judge mail piece
Conflict of Interest 831215
Slate Mailer Organizations Violations; Slate mailer ID used for a single candidate; mis-identified, etc
Filing Officer Duties; Duties of the Filing Officer (81010) Form 462 not filed on five committees; CA Penal Code 118(a) Perjury and 182 Conspiracy, etc
The letter from the FPPC names Ken Mettler as the complainant.
The complaint was filed against Zimmer along with Zack Scrivner; Bryan Williams; Zimmer of Kern County District Attorney; Cathy Abernathy; Western Pacific Research; Matthew Martin; Nathan Banks; Halle Cornejo; Thomas Montgomery; Edward "Ted" Costa; People's Advocate PAC; Central Valley Young Republicans PAC; Kern County Young Republicans PAC; Young Republicans for Zimmer PAC.
23ABC reached out to Zimmer seeking comment, but has not heard back.