California Agency Fines Lyft $6K for Late Lobbying Reports

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s campaign finance watchdog is issuing a fine to ride-sharing service Lyft for repeatedly breaking state campaign finance disclosure laws over the last three years.

Lyft has agreed to pay the state $6,000 to settle a case of what the Fair Political Practices Commission characterized Monday as unintentionally overdue paperwork from a first-time lobbyist.

The agency is penalizing Lyft for missing three deadlines to report lobbying activity from 2013 to 2015.

The late reports included a total of about $220,000 in attorney time and expenses to solicit votes on bills attempting to regulate transportation.

The FPPC absolved Lyft for missing its first lobbying report deadline by a year-and-a-half.

Disclosure was required after the company hired Capitol lobbyists, but the reporting period ended before those lobbyists started working for Lyft.