Grover Beach councilman violates campaign disclosure laws

Councilman Jeff Lee

By KAREN VELIE

California’s political watchdog sent a warning to Grover Beach Councilman Jeff Lee on Oct. 13, because he failed to end his 2016 campaign with a zero balance and then transferred more than $3,000 to another account.

The Fair Political Practices Commission found that Lee’s campaign failed to report a transfer of $3,398.29 from a 2016 committee to a 2020 committee. In addition, the bank balance disclosed was insufficient to cover expenses.

California law requires candidates to report transfers of funds and to have no remaining money in an account before canceling a committee.

The FPPC verified the violations, which were first reported by local government watchdog Kevin Rice, according to case documents. The agency, which sent a warning letter, said they decided not to levy a fine because it was Lee’s first violation and he had taken action to correct the issues.

“However, the Enforcement Division has decided to close this case with this warning letter rather than a fine because you filed amendments to the erroneous campaign statements immediately after contact and you have no prior history of violating the Act,” the FPPC says in the warning letter.

In his complaint, Rice accuses Lee of foul play in his bid for a four-year seat on the council.

“Mr. Lee’s terminating Form 460 indicates serious foul play,” Rice wrote. “An expenditure of $3,398.29 on page 8 is not included in the Schedule E Summary on page 7, nor is it carried forward to the Summary Page (page 3, lines 6, 8, 11 and 15.)”

In his amendments, Lee corrected numerous math errors and balanced his accounting record.

“I appreciate Mr. Lee’s amendments that bring light to the fact that he had made some large math errors, and I now feel he was fully forthcoming in his disclosures and this can all be attributed to math errors,” Rice said. “It is important that candidates reconcile their statements with their bank balances, which will help avoid the appearance of malfeasance.”

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3 Comments about “Grover Beach councilman violates campaign disclosure laws”

  1. Julie says:

    John Shoals has been under investigation by the FPPC for over a year now. Scary to think these guys can’t manage their own money and they’re trusted to manage yours.

    (6) 18 Total Votes – 12 up – 6 down
    1. insidelookingout says:

      Oh they are managing their money alright. They are only beginning to get caught for mismanaging their money. Seems like there is a lot of news popping up recently regarding the use of our taxpayer dollars and the “donations” that are being made. Hmmmm, I wonder if anyone will ever have to answer to the judicial system for their acts?

      (2) 6 Total Votes – 4 up – 2 down
  2. seeker says:

    Now, why would someone expect fraud from Jeff Lee? Where did the $3,000 come from? See below and confirm at http://www.grover.org/index.aspx?nid=326

    $2,925 donated from Cannabis interests:

    Thomas McAuley $1,000 Several criminal convictions 1999-2007 Top 4 of Dispensary
    Applicants
    Yes on L $250 Cory Black Convicted of Campaign Fraud 2016 His Clients
    Top 4 Dispensary Applicants, has a Company based at Top 4
    property of Convicted of Cocaine Trafficker, has a Top 4
    Client Convicted of Rape & Sodomy
    Sam Sweat (Surterra) $125 Decided not to set up in Grover Beach
    Sheldon Moseley $200 Felony Conviction
    Dunedin (Barelli) $500 Convicted of 19 Counts of Securities Fraud 2017
    Craig Smith $100 Architect for Top 4 Dispensary Applicant
    Susan Horsfall $250 Cannabis Funder
    Donation Not Reported $200 Estimated
    Cory Black $100 Convicted of Campaign Fund Violations 2016; Clients Top 4
    Dispensary Applicants; has a Company based at the
    property of Convicted of Top 4 Cocaine Trafficker; Top 4
    Client Convicted of Rape & Sodomy
    John Shoals $200 Convicted of Campaign Funds Violations 2016
    TOTAL $2,925

    (11) 15 Total Votes – 13 up – 2 down

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