Lobbying firm fined $133K for gifts to lawmakers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's political watchdog agency has levied its largest lobbying fine ever against a capital firm that violated campaign contribution laws, mostly related to parties thrown for dozens of state lawmakers and other elected officials.

The California Fair Political Practices Commission announced the $133,500 fine Monday against Sloat Higgins Jensen & Associates. The lobbying firm represents numerous high-profile clients, including the San Francisco 49ers and Metropolitan Water District.

The commission's board is scheduled to vote on the fine Feb. 20.

The commission says Kevin Sloat, the firm's principal officer, hosted fundraisers at his house during which he provided illegal non-monetary gifts that included catered food, drinks and cigars. The firm also provided gifts to two lawmakers and a legislative official exceeding the allowable limit.

A spokesman acknowledged the firm made mistakes and had agreed to pay the fine.


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