Don Bauder 9:40 p.m., May 21
Del Mar mayor hit with $1500 penalty
California Fair Political Practices Commission levies fine against former county supervisor candidate for campaign reporting violation
Carl Hilliard likes to watch the ponies at Del Mar. He even has a few of his own. But his luck off the track ran out earlier this year when the Del Mar GOP mayor was beaten by fellow Republican Steve Danon in the primary election for a seat on the county board of supervisors.
Danon, an aide to Republican Congressman Brian Bilbray - also defeated this year - was in turn vanquished by Democrat Dave Roberts in November.
Adding injury to insult, Hilliard now faces a $1500 fine, according to a proposed stipulation posted online this week by the state's Fair Political Practices Commission prior to consideration of the agreement at its monthly meeting here next Thursday.
The case arises from a $15,000 contribution that Hilliard made to his own campaign back in October of last year. The money, according to the stipulation, was used to pay for a poll by David Binder Research of 400 voters living in the board's third district.
The law required Hilliard's campaign committee to disclose the contribution and expenditure by January 31 of this year, which it didn't do, the document says.
The maximum penalty for such violations is $5,000, but a commission staff report says that since Hilliard has no prior record and cooperated with the investigation, the amount of his penalty will be less.