Mitzelfelt must amend campaign forms
By Ryan Orr, staff writer
July 7, 2008 - 4:55PM
SACRAMENTO — The California Fair Political Practices Commission has advised San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt that he must amend his campaign statements following a complaint made during his campaign.
A complaint filed in early May alleged that a developer had set up phony corporations to make contributions to Mitzelfelt.
The complaint was filed by Apple Valley citizen Sharon Gilbert, who operates a blog that regularly criticizes county government.
“It appears that Young Homes has set up phony corporations to make campaign contributions so that it does not appear that those contributions are coming from a developer,” Gilbert states in her formal complaint.
The letter from the FPPC does not allege any violations by Mitzelfelt’s campaign.
“Advisory letters inform people of their requirement under the political reform act and how to meet those requirements,” said Roman Porter, spokesman for the FPPC.
According to the advisory letter, the FPPC has closed the matter without further investigation but has advised Mitzelfelt he must amend his campaign statements to include the full name of the major donor for the contributions from Young Homes, Avenal Finance LLC and Neoteric Entertainment, Inc.
That major donor is Reggie King, who said he supports Mitzelfelt through every company out there. King said he is a minority partner in Young Homes, 100 percent owner of Neoteric Entertainment, a Nevada Corporation, and Avenal Finance.
“There’s never been any attempt by me to hide what we give to whom,” King said at the time the complaint was filed.
Furthermore, King said that Young Homes has never done a project in the 1st District.
He said that he signed his name on all the checks and tends to consolidate contributions.
On the California Secretary of State’s Web site the contributions made are listed under Young Homes and affiliated entities, which include Neoteric Entertainment and Avenal Finance.
In all, since 2007 the consolidated companies have given $110,000 to Mitzelfelt’s campaign.