USC Unruh Politics Institute director named California fair politics commission chairman

The director of USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics was named today the chairman of the state Fair Political Practices Commission.

Dan Schnur has led the USC institute since 2008.

"The people of California deserve a political environment that is fair and puts their needs first," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said. "Dan Schnur has spent years teaching and advocating for equality and transparency in California politics and I am grateful that he will continue his service to our state in this new role."

Schnur, 46, has been an adjunct instructor at UC Berkeley since 1996, and was co-chairman of California Voices of Reform from 2006-07 and was founder and director of the Center for Campaign Leadership from 2002-03. He also worked on the 2000 presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and was communications director for Gov. Pete Wilson in the early 1990s.

"The people of California voted to create the FPPC over 30 years ago because they wanted fair elections," Schnur said. "Equality, transparency and honesty in our political process are essential to the success of this state and I look forward to continuing the reform that the people of California demanded."

The FPPC is charged with enforcing requirements governing political campaigns, lobbying and conflicts of interest.