FPPC accuses Mono State Senator of “money laundering”

sactobeeberryhillIn an administrative law hearing in Sacramento, Mono County’s State Senator Tom Berryhill denied assertions that he illegally laundered more than $40,000 in campaign funds to help his brother’s Assembly campaign.

According to the Sacramento Bee, the California Fair Political Practices Commssion claims Senator Berryhill and his brother Bill Berryhill “orchestrated the money shifts in the closing days of the fall 2008 campaign.” The FPPC says the brothers’ plan was to “bypass individual contribution limits of $3,600 per election.” The Bee reported that County committees could give $30,200 to candidates but coordination is prohibited.

The Sacramento Bee reported that Berryhill claims that the fact that more than $40,000 he donated to Republican central committees in Stanislaus and San Joauin counties ended up going to his brother’s race “was a decision he had no role in.” The FPPC contends that the Berryhills orchestrated the donation.

The hearing continues this week. The FPPC attorneys were scheduled to cross-examine Berryhill this week, and former Republican leader Mike Villines was also scheduled to testify.

Bill Berryhill did win the 2008 election but lost a race for state Senate last year. He too is scheduled to testify at the hearing this week.

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Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago

This has been going on for a lot longer than you claim. Ol’ Jesse Unruh served in the state Assembly from 1954 and was speaker from 1961 through 1969. Following that he served as State Treasurer from 1975 through 1987. He is credited with the remark way back in 1966… Read more »

JeremiahJoseph
JeremiahJoseph
8 years ago

It doesn’t matter if your a republican or democrat anymore, what matters is you raise more money, by way of sucking up to big donors (industry’s, corporations, SUPER PACS, unions, The rich class, etc…) since the year 2000 all congressional seats were won over 90% of the time by the… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  JeremiahJoseph

I will add that if I could write the rules regarding political money, here is the basic rule I would write. The only money a political candidate could accept would be money donated by individuals who’s voting residence is within the boundries of the political district the candidate would represent… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago

2008 is an awful long time ago in the political arena. Investigations such as these need to be completed in a more timely fashion to be effective.