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Monday, January 8, 2018

AC Transit boardmember hasn't filed campaign finance reports since 2010; faces $60k FPPC fine

AC Transit Board Director Mark Williams
AC TRANSIT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
AC Transit Board Director Mark Williams did not face a credible opponent during his 2014 re-election campaign. Yet, the two-term boardmember, who is also up for re-election this June, repeatedly failed to file campaign finance reports for more than four years.

Later, this month, the state's Fair Political Practice Commission (FPPC) is set to levy a hefty $60,000 fine against his campaign committee for the indiscretion.

Williams, who also served as his campaign's treasurer, failed to file campaign reports between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2016--in all, blowing through 12 different filing dates, the FPPC determined. A maximum $5,000 fine is typically assessed for each violation.

Making matters worse, Williams did not respond to a Notice of Defense within 15 days of its accusation. The 15-day period ended on Aug. 14, 2017. According to FPPC, failure to respond to the notice is tantamount to waving a hearing before the commission.

Williams, though, contacted the FPPC last month in an effort to begin reconciling his campaign account. This necessitating postponement of a Dec. 21 hearing. However, Williams never followed through, according to the FPPC. A hearing is scheduled in Sacramento on Jan. 18.

Williams' Ward 4 district is made up of residents in the unincorporated areas of Ashland, Castro Valley; and portions of Hayward and San Leandro. In 2014, Williams won 58 percent of the November General Election vote over a candidate named Murphy McCalley.

However, due to Williams' lack of transparency, voters were effectively left in the dark when it came to who funded his campaign, and how much; along with a sense of how he spent its proceeds.

"By failing to timely file these pre-election campaign statements," according to the complaint, "Williams hid his campaign activities from his opponent and the public." Williams' last filing came in late 2010 and reported $6,297 in remaining cash.

3 comments:

  1. Two possibilities here. Williams believed since he was an incumbent and wasn't facing a strong opponent, he didn't have to bother with filing requirements. Worse, he was using donations for his own personal use.

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  2. Williams is a good example of the quality of his constituency. Nothing will happen and no one will step upl and win against him. Why should they, hell he is just a crook.

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  3. Is this the one that beat the shit out of his girlfriend?

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