BY SARA TABIN
Daily Post Staff Writer
Someone has filed an anonymous complaint with the California Fair Political Practices Commission against Palo Alto Councilman Greg Tanaka, alleging that he didn’t properly disclose campaign donations.
The complaint says Tanaka received $26,350 in donations to his 2016 campaign account since the start of 2019, even though he didn’t file papers to run in this election until July. The complaint says Tanaka should have filed an “intent to run” statement before he started collecting donations. Otherwise, the public might not notice the donations.
Tanaka called the complaint “baseless.”
He said that when he received the donations he had not decided to run yet.
The FPPC hasn’t decided whether to investigate the complaint, according to spokesman Jay Wierenga.
Tanaka received thousands of dollars from several businesses, according to the documents he filed for the money he got before announcing his run.
A company called 1050 Page Mill Road Property LLC gave him $3,000 while 285 Hamilton LLC, Bernardo LLC, Palo Alto Improvement Co. and Waverley Palms LLC each gave him $2,500.
He also got $10,000 from resident Richard Karp.
Of the 10 candidates running for council this fall, Tanaka has raised the most money, $14,669, according to campaign financial disclosure reports for the period up to June 30. The $13,000 he got in months prior brings his total to $27,669.
Councilwoman Lydia Kou was second in fundraising with $14,213 for the period ending June 30. She received $1,000 donations from lawyer Joe Hirsch and residents Lazlo Tokes, Rita Vrhel and Jeanne Fleming.
In 2017, Tanaka agreed to pay the FPPC a $733 settlement for failing to identify several donors as real estate developers. On campaign financial reporting forms, he left blank or misreported the occupations of Chop Keenan, Jim Baer, Roxy Rapp, Mark Gates Jr., Joseph Martignetti Jr. and Perry Palmer.