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Menlo Park: Ex-councilman fined by state

 

Former Menlo Park councilman Andy Cohen has been fined $1,000 for failing to maintain campaign finance records for his unsuccessful bid for a seat on the county Board of Supervisors in 2012.

The state Fair Political Practices Commission imposed the fine on Feb. 19, finding that his campaign committee "failed to maintain the detailed accounts, records, bills, and receipts that were necessary to prepare campaign statements for the January 1 through March 17, 2012, March 18 through May 19, 2012, and May 20 through June 30, 2012, reporting periods."

Mr. Cohen did not respond to a request for comment.

The commission became aware of the violation after the Franchise Tax Board, which audits a certain number of campaign committees per year, notified the FPPC of a potential violation of the Political Reform Act, according to Jay Wierenga, the commission's communications director.

— Sandy Brundage

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