TURLOCK (AP) — Former Turlock City Councilman Kurt Vander Weide and his campaign consultant will be hit with $32,500 in fines for their roles in four robocalls placed during the 2008 campaign and other violations.
The Fair Political Practices Commission voted unanimously for the fines on Thursday.
Vander Weide and consultant Carl Fogliani were accused of failing to disclose the source of the automated calls, some of them targeting then-incumbent Mary Jackson.
The panel said the robocalls were designed to benefit Vander Weide and current Councilwoman Amy Bublak. Jackson and Bublak eventually won, and Vander Weide lost his seat by a narrow margin.
The call with the largest reach was from a woman who falsely claimed to be Jackson and urged voters to reject Proposition 8, a statewide measure against same-sex marriage on the same ballot.