Politics can sometimes get dirty – and expensive – as some candidates learned last year. In 2018, the California FPPC successfully prosecuted 235 cases statewide with penalties totaling $499,606.

Eight of the cases were prosecuted in Riverside County, netting fines between $200 and $9,000.

By comparison, the FPPC prosecuted 10 cases in Imperial County and 12 cases in San Bernardino County.

The prosecuted cases offer another window into the politics of the Riverside County Sheriff’s race. Miguel Garcia IV, a sheriff’s deputy who lives in Beaumont and works out of the Moreno Valley station, was fined $586 for failing to file two pre-election campaign finance reports. He placed last in a field of four candidates in the June Primary.

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) is California’s governmental ethics and campaign disclosure agency.

The Commission prosecutes hundreds of cases each year and its Heat Map makes it easier for anyone to see where the violations occurred and by whom.

“”Making it easier for Californians to be involved and confident in our government is an important goal of the FPPC,” Chair Alice Germond said in a prepared statement. “I am pleased our updated Heat Map will enable people to see what’s going on in their own community and for all of us to be informed voters and citizens.”

The FPPC Heat Map is an interactive and intuitive tool on the Commission’s website that shows the number of cases and violations county-by-county for 2018.

The heat map works by moving your browser over the map to find a specific county. It will then show you how many cases were prosecuted and resolved in that specific county in 2018. Find the map by clicking here.

When you click on the link, you will be able to find the name of the person or persons who committed the violation, the type of violation, when it was on the Commission’s Agenda, and the penalty imposed by the Commission. You can find more specific details on each case by clicking on the case number.

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