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Assemblyman Jones-Sawyer faces $10,000 campaign violations fine

Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) will pay a fine related to his 2012 campaign for the State Assembly.
Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) will pay a fine related to his 2012 campaign for the State Assembly. Reginald Jones-Sawyer official website

Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer, (D-South Los Angeles)  has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine after admitting he accepted  $50,000 from his girlfriend and loaning it to his 2012 campaign committee as if it were his own money.

That's illegal under the state's campaign finance laws. He could have loaned up to $100,000 dollars of his own money to his committee, but the most he was allowed to accept as a contribution or loan from someone else was $3,900.

An audit revealed the true source of the loan. The Fair Political Practices Commission, which is the state's campaign finance watchdog agency, votes June 19 on accepting his and his committee's admission on two violations.

Jones-Sawyer has agreed to pay $10,000, the maximum fine possible for the two violations of campaign laws.

That 2012 campaign was the first that elevated Jones-Sawyer to an Assembly seat. He defeated community activist Rodney Robinson in the South L.A. district.

Jones-Sawyer was previously an asset manager for the city of Los Angeles, and before that an assistant deputy mayor and  Vice President of the Service Employee International Union (Local 721) Los Angeles Professional Managers Association.

In the June 3 primary, Jones-Sawyer was re-elected without opposition.

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