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Local political activist busted for improper campaign reports, advertising disclosures

Kelly Meagher, a longtime political activist and financial benefactor of environmental issues, is being fined $14,500 for not filing campaign contribution reports in 2011 and 2012.

Seven violations, including improper advertising disclosures and failing to file contributions as a major donor—anyone who contributes more than $10,000 in a year—are outlined in a stipulated agreement between Meagher and the California Fair Political Practices Commission. In 2012, Meagher spent $14,669 on ads against Measure A, the county’s medical marijuana cultivation law, including 1,000 yard signs, 2,000 fliers, four billboards and a radio advertisement. None specified that they were paid for by Meagher.

Meagher cooperated and agreed to an early settlement. However, a separate case regarding his political activity in 2013 and 2014 is pending, the document notes.