DAILY REPUBLIC: ‘Willful misrepresentation’ could cost candidates $10k

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A bill that will raise the penalties for public candidates who make “willful misrepresentations” on their candidate statements passed the Assembly Elections Committee on Wednesday.

“We can’t allow candidates to dupe the voters saying that snake oil is an actual remedy to their ills,” Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Discovery Bay, said in a statement released by his office.

The legislation, Assembly Bill 894, would increase the current fine for a willful misrepresentation in a candidate statement to $10,000.