The California Fair Political Practices Commission said Oct. 4 that the Copelands contributed more than $240,000 toward the campaign. That violated state law because the corporation the Copelands formed to give the money hid the names of its members and failed to disclose the real purpose of the loan it made to the Measure J campaign, the regulatory agency said.
Booker, a director of San Luis Obispo-based American Perspective Bank, is also accused of committing six campaign finance violations, the agency said Oct. 4.
Dalidio started to develop his ranch outside the city of
Copeland is a well-known name in
In 2007, Dalidio attorney Jim McKiernan filed a voter fraud complaint against the No on J Campaign and the corporation which funded the group. It wasn’t revealed until Oct. 4 that the Copelands and Booker were the names behind the campaign.
Campaign regulators will vote on whether to approve the fines against No on Measure J’s leaders at an Oct. 14 meeting in
* See the Oct. 8 print issue of the Business Times for an in-depth version of this story.