FPPC investigating claim against League of Placer County Taxpayers

Roseville resident alleges group failed to file required paperwork for Nov. 6 election
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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The Roseville City Council election may be over but frustration over how this particularly contentious campaign season unfolded remains fresh in the minds of one candidate’s supporters.

Resident Jack Wallace filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission on Nov. 30 against the League of Placer County Taxpayers — a group that mailed fliers out to voters opposing candidate Phil Ozenick and urging votes for incumbent Carol Garcia and candidate Bonnie Gore.

The FPPC has decided to investigate the claim, Enforcement Division Chief Gary Winuk confirmed with the Press Tribune on Friday.

In his complaint, Wallace alleges the taxpayer group violated the Political Reform Act by failing to file the appropriate forms by Nov. 6 as required of independent expenditure committees — preventing the public from accessing who funded the mailers.

“The end result of this failure to file the appropriate forms was that Roseville voters were deprived of information required by (California) law, which could have affected their votes on city council candidates in this election,” Wallace wrote in this complaint.

The election ended with Garcia as top-vote getter with 20.3 percent of the vote and Gore snagging the third open seat with 18.91 percent of the vote. Gore beat out Ozenick by 2,485 votes out of 111,346 ballots cast.

“There’s no question in my mind (the mailers) knocked Phil out of the election,” Wallace told the Press Tribune.

He’s referring to two pieces of literature sent to residents that criticized Ozenick and called him a “fraud.” The group may have been misleading voters, as the mailers claimed it “formed in 1972 to enforce integrity in government.” But the president of the former League of Placer County Taxpayers initiated its dissolution in 2011.