Sunday, March 26, 2023

City Council Member Bill Sandke Responds to FPPC Investigation


City Councilman Bill Sandke

The Fair Political Practices Commission recently opened an investigation into current City Council member Bill Sandke’s 2014 Campaign. An anonymous complaint was filed with the FPPC and an investigation was opened on November 9. The complaint alleges illegal reimbursements to the candidate of expenses paid by the campaign, and underreporting of campaign contributions and expenses.

Jay Wierenga, Communications Director at the FPPC, could not comment on details of the investigation, other than to confirm that an anonymous complaint had been lodged and that an investigation had been undertaken. According to the FPPC website, “All sworn complaints are taken under official review to determine if the complaint has merit. This includes determining if the complaint contains enough evidence of a potential violation and whether the allegation is related to the PRA or if it is covered under other laws.”

A portion of Sandke’s comment on his Facebook page today is below:

“I am 100% certain not one of the errors are intentional and 200% committed to following any procedures or filings recommended by the FPCC to resolve this honestly, completely and quickly. In fact, I will have a telephone conference with the Enforcement Division official this Thursday who was very helpful, professional and responsive during our initial discussion.”

Luan Troxel
Luan Troxel
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