BY SARA TABIN
Daily Post Staff Writer
The California Fair Political Practices Commission will not investigate Palo Alto Councilman Greg Tanaka for campaign violations, the agency announced today.
Someone filed an anonymous complaint with the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) against Tanaka in August, 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.
Galena West, chief of the FPPC’s enforcement division, sent a letter to Gary Winuk, a lawyer representing Tanaka, today to say the enforcement division will not be pursuing the matter.
“As you are aware, on Aug. 13, 2020, the Enforcement Division informed your client that we were considering initiating an investigation regarding a possible violation of the Act’s campaign disclosure provisions,” wrote West. “Based on a review of the complaint and the information provided, the Enforcement Division will not pursue an enforcement action in this matter.”