Sacramento Lobbying Firm Hit with Biggest Fine in FPPC History

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The Fair Political Practices Commission announced its biggest fine ever against a Sacramento lobbying firm Monday.

The client list at Sloat, Higgins, Jensen & Associates includes the San Francisco 49ers and PG&E. The charges against Kevin Sloat include a $133,000 fine.

“It’s the biggest lobbying related fine ever headed out by the Commission,” the FPPC’s Gary Winuk told FOX40.

Winuk says Sloat threw elaborate parties for politicians from both parties, with drinks and cigars and flower arrangements, but he never reported the expenses.

California’s political elite, Gov. Brown, Lieut. Gov. Gavin Newsome, Assembly Speaker Perez, Senate Leader Steinberg, were all reportedly on the guest lists.

“I get invited to all kinds of events. I could go to something every night. And I don’t,” State Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, said..

Beall says the fines are a drop in the bucket compared to hundreds of millions of dollars of lobbying money in play in Sacramento.

As a lawmaker, he tried to pass a bill that would require new laws to list lobbyists right on the document itself.

“That didn’t go too far but I think people are sick and tired of that kind of thing,” Beall said.

In a statement Monday, Sloat took responsibility for the unreported gifts saying, “We regret these mistakes.”

The FPPC says all the politicians who got the benefit of Sloat’s generosity will have a letter put in their file noting the violations.

FOX40 attempted to get a response from Governor Brown’s office today regarding the charges, they did not return our call.

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