Jeff Hewitt campaign committee fined for actions related to Assembly bid in 2016

Gubernatorial hopeful Jeff Hewitt, an unsuccessful candidate for Assembly District 42 in the June 7, 2016 Primary Election, has been fined $4,923 in connection with his failed Assembly bid.

This stems from an audit the Franchise Tax Board’s Political Reform Audit Program performed.

Jeff Hewitt for Assembly District 42 2016 was Hewitt’s candidate-controlled committee. David Castalado and Wendy Hewitt were the Committee’s treasurers. The Committee, Hewitt, Castalado, and Hewitt failed to timely file three semiannual campaign statements, in violation of Government Code Section 84200 (3 counts); failed to timely file two pre-election campaign statements, in violation of Government Code Section 84200.5 (2 counts); and failed to timely file five 24-hour reports, in violation of Government Code 84203 (5 counts), according to the Fair Political Practices Commission.

The Respondents were represented by Ashlee Titus of Bell McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP.

Elections for the California State Assembly took place in 2016. The primary election was held on June 7, 2016, and the general election was held on Nov. 8, 2016. The candidate filing deadline was February 25, 2016, for candidates filing with signatures. The deadline for candidates using a filing fee to qualify was March 11, 2016.

Hewitt was a 2016 Libertarian candidate for District 42 of the California State Assembly. He also ran unsuccessfully for District 23 of the California State Senate in 2014.

Incumbent Chad Mayes defeated Greg Rodriguez in the California State Assembly District 42 general election.

Jeff Hewitt is a member of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, representing District 5. Hewitt assumed office on Jan. 1, 2019. Hewitt’s current term ends in 2022.

He is now running for governor as a Libertarian in the upcoming recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The fine is the latest chink in Hewitt’s armor. In April, Riverside County paid $50,000 to settle a sexual harassment claim involving Supervisor Hewitt.

The county, not insurance, paid the claim.

The civil claim, filed Nov. 13, was filed by a lawyer on behalf of Nasim Nicole Hamrang, a clinical therapist in the county’s behavioral health department.

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