Daniel Powell 9:40 a.m., Aug. 28
AMN Healthcare Facing $1600 Lobbying Fine
Del Mar Heights-based AMN Healthcare has agreed to pay $1600 to the state's Political Fair Practices Commission for "failure to timely file quarterly lobbyist employer statements" covering July through December of last year, according to a proposed stipulation agreement on Thursday's FPPC meeting agenda.
AMN is a temporary staffing company for health care-related services.
Founder Steve Francis stepped down as chairman of the board to run for mayor of San Diego in 2008, losing out to Jerry Sanders after spending about $4.5 million of his own money.
It was his second try for the job
As major stockholders in the firm, Francis and wife Gayle have since battled with management over questions of board conflicts of interest.
A corporate governance settlement was reached in February 2009.
Still politically active here, Francis is also chairman of the board of Father Joe's Villages, downtown's big homeless shelter operation.
Acording to the company's most recent lobbyist disclosure filing, covering the first half of this year, AMN paid $12,500 to Government Relations Group, Inc. and $15,000 to Gary S. Cooper, both of Sacramento, for lobbying services reported as "Governor's office/Administration, Legislature, Employment Development Dept. (MONITORING ONLY)."
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