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.