Gioia’s campaign committees cited by state commission

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Supervisor Gioia's campaign committees cited by state commission

Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia has agreed to pay a $14,000 administrative penalty for violations of the Political Reform Act related to the campaign committees he formed during the 2010 and 2014 elections, Bay City News reported today.

Gioia, who has represented western Contra Costa County as a supervisor since 1998, was cited by the California Fair Political Practices Commission (CFPPC) for failing to meet 16 deadlines since 2013 in filing campaign statements that report contributions and expenditures, the newswire reported.

According to documents by the CFPPC, the missed deadlines occurred after Gioia took over as treasurer of his election committees in 2013, a post previously held by Jennifer Peck. Since then, the committees endured “a lengthy history of shirking their duty to timely file semiannual and pre-election campaign statements,” the commission stated.

In one case, contributions both received and made by the committee, including a $1,000 contribution to Tony Thurmond for Assembly, “was filed 607 days late,” the commission’s report said.

The supervisor today said he takes “full responsibility” for filing his forms late, according to Bay City News.

“Even though I have fully disclosed all contributions and expenditures on my campaign forms, I’m embarrassed that I filed my forms late,” Gioia said, according to Bay City News. “Instead of being my own accountant and treasurer, I intend to hire a professional treasurer so this never happens again and I meet all filing deadlines.”

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