Abel Guillen Files Complaint With FPPC Alleging Rob Bonta Violated Financial Disclosure Laws



Abel Guillen’s campaign for the 18th Assembly District has filed a formal complaint with California Fair Political Practices Commission alleging his opponent, Rob Bonta, failed to properly disclose campaign finance reports related to his Alameda City Council seat.

Guillen’s campaign manager, Winnie Anderson, filed the complaint earlier this week with the FPPC claiming that Bonta violated the state’s Political Reform Act by failing to file pre-election reports for a committee that ran his 2010 bid for Alameda City Council. On four separate occasions, according to the complaint, Bonta did not file the proper pre-election reports for his city council committee between July 2011 and the most current filing period ending June 30, or, roughly since the beginning of his run for the Assembly.

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Additionally, the complaint alleges that Bonta did not electronically file Form 460, the statement regarding campaign finance reports, with the Secretary of State’s office, although records show he, in fact, filed them with Alameda City Hall, but not the state’s database, as required. "As a newly elected City Councilmember and Ivy-League educated attorney, Rob Bonta knows the rules inside and out, but Bonta's actions clearly show that he doesn't play by the same rules as everyone else," said Josh Pulliam, Guillen campaign spokesman.

Mark Capitolo, Bonta’s political consultant, said the campaign realized the error and was moving quickly to remedy the mistake he says was made by a previous treasurer. "A minor oversight has been corrected,” said Capitolo. “The Guillen campaign's continued focus on contrived attacks against a fellow progressive Democrat and supporter of organized labor is quickly moving from amusing to sad."

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Last week, the Guillen campaign highlighted the fact that Bonta had accumulated lots of unpaid bills during primary.

The FPPC charges being levied against Bonta, meanwhile, were also trumpeted by a small, but relentless group of Alamedans who have long charged that a trio of Alameda council members elected in 2010, including Bonta, Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore, and Lena Tam, are beholden to special interests, particularly the island’s firefighters’ union. The same group helped sink a well-financed sales tax measure last June in the city. It also served Bonta on July 31 with a petition to recall the first-term councilman.