Frazier Bill to Increase Financial Penalties on Candidates Who Lie About Qualifications on Ballot Statements Advances to Gov’s Desk

September 13, 2017 19:00 pm · 15 comments

The full Legislature has approved a bill by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay) which would assess a financial penalty on candidates who lie on ballot statements when seeking political office. AB 894 now goes to the governor for his signature.

AB 894 would impose a fine of up to $5,000 if a candidate includes knowingly false information on statements they submit for inclusion on election ballots. The fine can be multiplied if an offender is convicted on associated criminal charges.

“Candidates who shamelessly lie to voters are committing fraud and they should pay the penalty,” Frazier said. “For many voters the only information they may have about a candidate is what the candidate submits for a ballot statement. This is especially true in down-ballot races, such as the Board of Education, which usually don’t get a lot of media coverage.”

Frazier authored AB 894 after a candidate to represent East County on the Contra Costa County Board of Education in 2014 was found to have blatantly lied about his qualifications, background and criminal record in the candidate statement he submitted for inclusion on the ballot. Instead of a punishment, the candidate received just an entry into a diversion program for offenders. The current fine for intentionally misleading voters on ballot statements is $1,000.

1 Mary Fouts September 13, 2017 at 7:14 PM

“AB 894 would impose a fine of up to $5,000 if a candidate includes knowingly false information on statements they submit for inclusion on election ballots.”

Oh the horror. A whole $5000 maximum. That’ll get the cheatin’ politicians.

Not! Just another bogus ##@%^&&& political bill in CA.

Love livin’ here, and ain’t movin’ . Just gotta realize that politics is at some of its utmost finest in CA. Although NY may top us.

2 concord grape September 13, 2017 at 7:15 PM

Politicians Lie??? Heaven forbid!!!

3 WC September 13, 2017 at 7:17 PM

So we won’t have any candidates if this passes….

4 TIFOKCIS September 13, 2017 at 7:58 PM

My donors are going to cover my fines.

5 Hilarious September 13, 2017 at 9:10 PM

“Candidates who shamelessly lie to voters are committing fraud and they should pay the penalty,” Frazier said

We need term limits. One visit to Sacramento or Washington, then come back home and get back to work like the rest of us scrubs to live under the laws you just passed.

If they lie when they’re in office, we can take care of them when they come back.

6 Amy September 13, 2017 at 10:04 PM

How can you tell when a politician is lying? (answer: his/her lips are moving).

7 Fred P. September 14, 2017 at 6:59 AM

…. if the “knowingly” lie or provide false information?????

Really? “Knowingly”?????

All they have to do is deny that they knew about it!

Another POS feel-good bill.

8 Waldo September 14, 2017 at 10:09 AM

If we make it retroactive back ten years, we could pay off the national debt!!!

9 Ricardoh September 14, 2017 at 11:08 AM

With all of the lies they all tell who cares about their background unless they are close to Jack The Ripper.

10 Strad September 14, 2017 at 11:44 AM

All you can lie for $5000, just expenses for these people.

11 Shoulda Coulda September 14, 2017 at 11:44 AM

@ Waldo

Waldo, you’ve got my vote!
And that’s no lie.

12 Class September 14, 2017 at 1:18 PM

Thank you, Assemblymember Frazier! I have seen some ridiculous claims, even on Concord city council ballot statements. And the average stupid voter believes it! Thank you for doing something about it.

13 FCA September 14, 2017 at 2:36 PM

@3 WC

I’m with you on this, no more politicians!!!

14 Muddhen September 14, 2017 at 2:55 PM

If you or I lie on our resume and get caught, we can get fired.

Politicians are giving themselves a cheap pass as they lie about everything.

I think that if a politician or anyone working in the public sector is found to have lied on their resume, they should be fired for cause and not allowed to work in public service ever again.

15 Fred September 14, 2017 at 5:33 PM

Man this should solve our budget problems in no time!

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