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Rival says Hamburg broke campaign rules

Dan Hamburg

By GLENDA ANDERSON
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

The Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating a complaint that Mendocino County supervisor candidate Dan Hamburg violated campaign finance reporting rules.

Hamburg, a former congressman, said the complaint is an example of campaign “dirty tricks.”

The complaint was submitted by William Masterson, a retired judge who supports Hamburg’s opponent, Wendy Roberts, in the November election.

Roberts said she found reporting problems while looking over Hamburg’s filings and asked Masterson to look them over.

“They represent a serious lack of transparency and respect for the campaign laws,” she said.

The complaint includes allegations that the campaign failed to return contributions of more than $100 when the contributors failed to list an occupation and employer; failed to report nonmonetary contributions; failed to list interest rates and due dates on loans received; failed to fully itemize expenditures; failed to report funds from drink sales, and failed to list cumulative totals of contributions from a single source.

The FPPC has yet to make a determination on the validity of the complaint, according to a response letter from the agency to Masterson.

Hamburg called the complaint “harassment by some retired judge who’s in Wendy’s camp.”

Masterson said Hamburg should take the complaint, and his reporting, more seriously.

“You’re supposed to comply with the law,” he said.

Hamburg said his campaign bookkeeper is seeking guidance from the FPPC.

Hamburg and Roberts are locked in a runoff battle for a coast seat on the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors.

Hamburg is a Green Party member who generally is embraced by the county’s liberal, no-growth and alternative-living crowd. Roberts is a Democrat who claims liberal credentials, but her supporters include some of the county’s staunchest conservatives.





11 Responses to “Rival says Hamburg broke campaign rules”

  1. Charlie says:

    Hamburg’s treasurer said he confused “payer” and “payee” in filling out the forms, resulting in mistakenly putting Hamburg’s name on the payee line instead of the name of the business or person that was paid campaign funds for things like printing, campaign signs, mailings, and radio and newspaper ads.

    So for political advantage, Wendy Roberts had a lawyer friend (a retired judge) go over Hamburg’s campaign finance forms with a fine tooth comb looking for anything she could complain to the FPPC about. The lawyer friend trumped up the case by filing a FPPC complaint that tallied up every line where the same simple misunderstanding led to the payee’s name not being listed correctly. Then they called in the PD for a puffed up news story, which all of the previous commenters here apparently fell for.

    The form-filling-out errors were easily corrected, and they were corrected within a couple of days of Hamburg learning of them, by reading about it in the PD, not from the FPPC. The whole FPPC complaint was a political stunt by Hamburg’s opponent.

    Despite what previous comments suggest, none of the missing names were people giving Hamburg money. They were people paid for goods and services by the Hamburg campaign.

    In the election results, Hamburg won by a landslide 58% to 42% of the votes, despite the PD’s endorsement of his opponent.

  2. James says:

    Hamburg has no accomplishments in his life outside of being pot grower, and he even has to have someone do that for him. Is he somehow going to start now?

  3. Chris says:

    I’ve heard Hamburg’s solution for the county’s economic woes is “Organic Gardening”
    I mean, come on Dan! You’re telling me that Mendocino Co. is going to over night become the world leader in organic gardening? And that is going to increase employment and tax revenue?
    What is Dan Hamburg smokin’?

  4. zuma says:

    What can one expect from a former Congressman and elitist! Everyone knows that Congressmen dont have to abide by laws, etc. Laws are for the little working men and women of this nation, not Congressmen or former Congressmen and sure not judges and former judges!

    Dont you love it! Two people who believe they are above the law, complaining about the laws and compliance! hahaha

    Keep both out of office!

  5. TreeHugger says:

    I lived in a tree for two years thinking WTF, now I see buzz hamburg as a has-been that has lost his way.

  6. truth in news says:

    It’s hard to list where a contribution comes from when the money was gotten from an ILLEGAL ACT! (Like growing marijuana) The feds should be looking into his war chest to see how much of his money is someones laundry!

  7. Eric says:

    i heard an interview with Dan Hamburg by a right wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones – InfoWars from 2009. Hamburg actually said that he knows that the 9/11 Attacks were plotted by the U.S. Government. Look who agreed with Hamburg on this one! None other than Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad!!!!
    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE68M55W20100924

  8. gerry says:

    If he can’t fill out the forms properly, what level of attention will he give to the county’s BIG problems.

  9. Jay says:

    He thinks he is above the law. He’s an experience campaigner. This was no accident and it’s no one’s fault but his–not Wendy’s, not dirty politics. He campaigns illegally. He built on his property illegally. He collected unemployment illegally. He grows and sells illegally.
    PLEASE DON’T PUT HIM IN OFFICE TO DO NOTHING EXCEPT COLLECT HIS PAY FOR 4 YEARS.

  10. Anna says:

    Too bad he’s not running in Bell, CA. They could pay him extra for doing less.

  11. steve says:

    Talk about a lazy butt, this guy doesn’t bother to list where his campaign funds come from, or go to. He even has someone else growing his pot for him. I’m sure he’d make great supervisor for those who want to pay him for doing nothing!