Complaint Closure Letters
The Fair Political Practices Commission resolves enforcement cases through warning, advisory or closure letters, administrative fines, and in some instances civil lawsuits.
Below is a list of all advisory, warning and no violation letters issued since July 1, 2009. These letters are posted here 10 days after they are issued by the Enforcement Division.
Advisory letters are issued when the FPPC determines there was insufficient evidence to prove a violation of state law or the Commission's regulations, but the subject of a complaint should be made aware of potential future responsibilities.
Warning letters are issued when the Enforcement Division has enough evidence to prove a violation, but determines it is not in the best interest of the People of California to issue a fine. Individuals who receive warning letters are put on notice that future violations will result in a fine. The majority of complaints investigated by the Commission are resolved with the issuance of a warning letter.
When appropriate, cases are resolved through the issuance of a fine presented for approval to the five-member Commission at a public hearing. In the rarest instance, the FPPC will file a civil lawsuit against violators.