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FPPC Investigates Alleged Election Law Violations Against Shasta Recall Organizations

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The California Fair Political Practices Commission announced Wednesday that it's investigating several organizations driving the recall effort against three Shasta County Supervisors.

The organization notified County Supervisors Mary Rickert, Joe Chimenti and Leonard Moty that they were launching an investigation into three organizations: Recall Shasta, Red White & Blueprint, and the Shasta County General Purpose Committee. The groups are being investigated for alleged violation of election laws.

The investigation was prompted by Shasta Forward, a group formed to support the supervisors being targeted in the recall efforts. Attorneys for Shasta Forward said in a press release Thursday, that they provided the FPPC with documentation of 10 violations of state election law, by three separate entities.

They added, "The public is not being provided with any information regarding the dark money behind campaign communications and true funders of this recall effort. The investigations announced today will hopefully bring needed transparency to this situation."

Alleged violations include a failure to disclose campaign contributions received and failure to disclose occupation and employer information, among others.

Recall Shasta said in a statement that they were in contact with the FPPC and are awaiting results so they can make any changes necessary. The statement said, "These allegations have not impacted the recall process and it continues to move forward. Currently, the petitions are with the Registrar of Voters for review." The other groups under investigation did not respond to requests for comment by the deadline.