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The U.S. Federal Election Commission, which enforces federal campaign finance laws, has told Democratic congressman and San Diego mayoral candidate Bob Filner that he can't fold his congressional campaign committee until "problems" are resolved regarding information contained in previous filings.

"Preliminary review of reports filed during the 2012 election cycle identified problems concerning certain information disclosed by your committee," wrote Bradley Matheson, an FEC senior campaign finance analyst, to Novato-based Nancy Warren, treasurer for the Bob Filner for Congress committee.

"Your committee must continue to file all required reports with the Commission while a determination is being made on whether to pursue these matters any further.

"The Commission will notify you when your request to terminate has been approved and the committee is no longer required to file reports with the Commission."

The letter, dated April 26, sets a May 31 deadline for a response from the commmittee.

"Failure to adequately respond by the response date noted above could result in an audit or enforcement action."

Filner's previous treasurer, Los Angeles-based Kinde Durkee, who specialized in handling the campaign finance accounts of prominent California Democratics, pled guilty in March to embezzling more than $7 million in political money from the campaign funds of at least 50 of her clients.

The letter does not say whether the current FEC investigation is related to the Durkee case.

As reported here last October, the Filner for Mayor 2012 committee was the source of $4500 to Filner's congressional committee on July 26, 2011.

That payment was a "reimbursement of deposit for fundraising event," according to the congressional committee's disclosure filed with the FEC.

We have a call in to Filner congressional communications director Meredith L. McFadden and will update when she gets back to us.

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laplayaheritage May 22, 2012 @ 9:32 a.m.


Mayoral candidate Congressman Bob Filner and Democrats Rally to Take Back City Hall Wednesday, May 23, 2012. 4:30 pm to 6 pm, at Rich's San Diego in Hillcrest, 1051 University Avenue, SD 92103. Join Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and Donna Frye at the Bob Filner for Mayor rally you won't want to miss! With special guest: City Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez.


Mayoral Forum this Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 6:30pm University Christian Church - 3900 Cleveland @ Richmond
To help commemorate National Historic Preservation Month, the Neighborhood Historic Preservation Coalition invited all four major Mayoral candidates to participate in this year's Primary election forum. Only Congressman Bob Filner agreed, citing his strong interest and commitment to San Diego's older neighborhoods and their active community groups.

The public policies and activities of City government have a significant impact on our community and this Preservation Forum provides an opportunity for dialog, through questions and answers, spotlighting the important issues facing San Diego's older and historic neighborhoods.

The general public is encouraged to attend this free forum.


SurfPuppy619 May 22, 2012 @ 11:59 a.m.

I like Filner, will never forget when he took Bush Senior to task as President over some issue I don't recall, but Bush Senior said he was going to make Filner his little project fo the next 4 years-I admire Filner for that.

But Filner is a runner stamp for the public unions, and we will never recover with public unions ripping us off liek they have been.


Visduh May 22, 2012 @ 2:11 p.m.

Can't the Reader find a contemporary photo of Filner? That one is at least twenty years old, probably older. He's 69 years old, and looks it. How about one that shows him as he is?


laplayaheritage May 22, 2012 @ 2:25 p.m.

Congressman Filner greeting President Obama with Mayor Sanders.


monaghan May 22, 2012 @ 8:51 p.m.

Thank you, La Playa Heritage, for providing the particulars about Bob Filner's appearances before our June 5 Primary Election. And to Surf Puppy I say: Filner is his own man and will rubber stamp nothing. Filner values the contribution made by public employees to the smooth-functioning of our government and he is principled enough to believe (and say) that retirement commitments to these folks should not be abridged and compromised by turning them into risky 401Ks. In every way, Filner will be a good mayor for this city -- something we haven't experienced for a generation.


SurfPuppy619 May 23, 2012 @ 4:04 a.m.

Filner has proposed NO PLAN to cure the Ponzi style public pensions that allow GED and HS educated government employees to retire as MILLIONAIRES at age 50. Don't know who told you about the 401K's, but that is what everyone in the real world receives, and they are being paid far less than gov employees. I would not vote for Filner on this issue alone, but that is just me. You can vote for him, and it sounds like you will based on his give away for public funds to public employees.


theprogressiveanalyst May 24, 2012 @ 9:22 p.m.

You don't do your cause any good when you make ridiculous comments like this. There are still something like one third of non-governmental employees who have defined benefit pensions. Many, if not most, city jobs require more than a HS graduation. Certainly anything paying high salary does. When comparing like for like--attorneys vs. attorneys, engineers vs. engineers, professionals in government employment almost always get less. It is only in the lower paid classifications such as cashier, receptionist, janitor, etc. where they get more since many private entities pay minimum wage or a little more for such jobs. Only public safety employees can retire at 50 and they couldn't have more than 30 years service in such case, making the chance that they would be millionaires practically impossible. The ones making large pensions are retired department heads, assistant city managers and higher; those at the top who made less than private enterprise counterparts. The average pension for non-managerial employees runs around 25 to 30k per year.


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