The California Fair Political Practices Commission is looking into whether the City Hall in the Park political campaign broke the law when it sent out a flier to Newport Beach residents that didn’t disclose the group’s major benefactor was a local retired businessman.
“We are aware of the situation and we’re looking into it,” said Roman Porter, a spokesman for the commission.
Porter declined to comment further, but said it was standard procedure for the commission not to disclose more information if an anonymous complaint had been filed. The agency would have more freedom to speak publicly if an official complaint were filed with a name attached to it, he said.
The flier in question, one of eight or nine the group has mailed to voters, contains images of beach and other Newport landmarks. A statement printed at the bottom of the front page reads “Paid for by Newport Beach City Hall in the Park Committee, Yes on Measure B.” It does not include, however, the name of Jack Croul, who has donated more than $600,000 to the campaign.