- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California’s political watchdog agency approved large fines Thursday against two state senators and a campaign committee that spent $3.3 million backing Gov. Jerry Brown in 2010.

The fines, agreed to by the candidates and campaigns and recommended by commission staff earlier this month, also include $76,650 in penalties against a donor accused of laundering political contributions to Wendy Greuel, a failed candidate in the 2013 Los Angeles mayoral race, the Fair Political Practices Commission said.

An agreement calls for $22,500 of the fine against Moo Han Bae of Tarzana to go to the state and the rest to go to the Los Angeles Ethics Commission.

Other fines approved Thursday include:

- $23,000 against Republican Sen. Jim Nielsen of Gerber and other GOP groups for allegedly funneling over-the-limit contributions through the county party from Nielsen to a losing candidate for state Assembly.

- $16,000 against Million More Voters, an independent expenditure committee funded by the California Labor Federation, AFLCIO, for failing to timely report $3.3 million in 2010 expenditures supporting Gov. Jerry Brown and nearly $750,000 in spending supporting state Attorney General Kamala Harris, both Democrats.

- $10,000 against the independent campaign expenditure committee Vote Matters and $6,000 against Coto for Senate 2012, for improper coordination between the committee and the campaign to elect former Assemblyman Joe Coto to the Senate. He lost the race.

- $4,000 against the campaign of Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, and a Santa Monica property owner for failing to disclose that Allen received discounted rent at his Santa Monica campaign headquarters.

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