State election officials are investigating claims that Republican Sunder Ramani, a candidate for the 43rd Assembly District, violated campaign finance laws by failing to file campaign statements within 24 hours of receiving contributions.
Roman Porter, executive director of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, on Monday confirmed the investigation into Ramani, but declined to provide specifics about the breadth of the probe.
The complaint alleges 33 reporting violations. At $5,000 per infraction, the commission could levy a fine of up to $165,000.
The commission has determined that the allegations "appear to be accurate" and gave Ramani one week from June 7 to provide proof that he reported within the deadlines. Campaign officials said they responded with all the necessary documents.