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September 9, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Chris Hansen agrees to $50,000 fine for illegal contribution

Chris Hansen and  members of a Sacramento political committee trying to block efforts to build a new arena there have agreed to pay a $50,000 fine to settle violations of California rules on campaign contributions.

Hansen was accused of making an illegal $100,000 contribution to a group seeking a vote on public financing for a new arena, said Gary Winuk, enforcement officer for the California Fair Polictial Practices Commission which investigated the case. The contribution was not reported, as required by state law.

Winuk said the Commission will meet Sept. 19th to consider the proposed settlement agreement. He said that as a condition of the settlement, Hansen and the two others have already submitted the check for $50,000.

Hansen made the $100,000 contribution to help fund paid signature gatherers working on a proposed ballot measure to require voter approval of public subsidies for sports facilities in Sacramento.

Hansen released a detailed statement Monday saying that the donation was made without his consent.

“I would just like to reiterate my commitment to stay out of Sacramento’s arena efforts. In this regard, I would also like to highlight that I will take steps to prevent any signatures collected by GoCo from being submitted to the opposition. As it was never my intent to directly fund signature gathering efforts, I completely agree with numerous Kings fans who have taken the time to write me and suggest this course of action.”

Hansen agreed to the settlement along with political consultant Brandon Powers and treasurer Lysa Ray of Citizens for a Voice in Government, according to the Commission.

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