The state Fair Political Practices Commission has fined Emeryville Vice Mayor Ken Bukowski $15,500 for violating California campaign finance rules. According to the Trib, the FPPC concluded that Bukowski used campaign funds for personal use. In 2008, he wrote checks totaling $2,300 to himself from his campaign account, and another $1,340 were made out to "cash." It is illegal for a politician to use campaign donations to enrich himself.
This is not the first time that Bukowski has had ethical or financial troubles. The city was sued last year after he struck and killed a pedestrian in 2007. In addition, the Express reported last year that he had failed to pay his city business taxes for four straight years. Bukowski, who was mayor of Emeryville in 2008, also had failed to pay his property taxes on time. Which raises the question: Did Bukowski use his campaign funds to pay his back taxes?