I’ve periodically browsed the California Secretary of State website to follow up on my concerns about the PAC “Citizens for a Voice in Government, Major Funding by Investment Manager” not being a valid name for a primary named ballot committee according to the rules for naming such committees as stated on Form 410:
Primarily Formed Committees - Ballot Measures:
The name of each committee primarily formed to support or oppose a ballot measure must include:
•A statement identifying the ballot measure(s) number or letter and whether it supports or opposes the measure(s) (e.g., Committee For Proposition/Measure __ or Committee Against Proposition/ Measure __).
•The name must include the economic or other special interests of its major donors of $50,000 or more, in descending order based on the amount contributed to the committee. The list of these economic or special interests may not be interspersed with constituencies such as “concerned citizens, or consumers.”
According to the report by the FPPC, the following facts are stated:
On the afternoon of Friday, August 16, 2013, Mr. Baric emailed the Enforcement Division copies of campaign statements he intended to file on behalf of his clients. The filings included a Statement of Organization (Form 410) for a primarily formed committee called Citizens for a Voice in Government, Major Funding by Investment Manager (“Citizens”). Brandon Powers was listed as the principal officer for Citizens and Lysa Ray the treasurer. Also, included was a semi-annual campaign statement (Form 460) for Citizens for the January 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013 reporting period. The statement indicated that Citizens received a $100,000 contribution from Chris Hansen, and listed Loeb & Loeb as an intermediary on that contribution. The statement also listed a payment of $80,000 to GOCO Consulting, Inc., amongst other expenses. Lastly, Mr. Baric provided a semi-annual campaign statement for Mr. Hansen (Form 461) identifying him as a major donor for his $100,000 contribution on June 21, 2013 to Citizens. Upon receiving copies of the campaign statements from Citizens and Mr. Hansen, the Enforcement Division dismissed the civil complaint against Loeb & Loeb. On August 21, 2013, each of the campaign statements listed above were filed with the City of Sacramento Clerk’s Office.
As best I can tell, there’s still nothing on the SoS website for Chris Hansen as a major donor in 2013, still no registration for a committee “Citizens for a Voice in Government, Major Funding by Investment Manager,” listed online. At best, we have the form 460 from the sac bee that, based on the pending committee number and lack of official stamps, was likely provided by Baric as what they intended to file and was not provided as a copy from the California Secretary of State’s documents.
Back in August 2013 I e-mailed the FPPC inquiring if the “Citizens for a Voice in Government, Major Funding by Investment Manager” recipient committee was registered and received a reply from A(removed) K(removed) that:
SOS hasn’t yet posted on their website that they’ve logged the original (although they may have it), but I spoke with someone at the City of Sacramento who said she expects to receive a copy today.
Her contact information is: H(removed) C(removed), Senior Deputy City Clerk, (phone number removed)
Please let me know if you are unable to get it later today because we expect a copy to arrive at our offices today.
But, as is listed as a footnote to the “On August 21, 2013″ statement, maybe the fax machine ate it.
The City Clerk’s office received the original copies of the statements in the mail on August 21, 2013 and date-stamped them that day. The attorneys for Mr. Hansen and Citizens stated that they faxed copies of the statements to the City Clerk’s office on the afternoon of August 16. The City Clerk said it did not receive those faxes but stated that it was having technical problems with its fax machine on August 16.