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“The state’s ethics watchdog agency on Thursday dismissed allegations against Assemblyman Chris Norby (R-Fullerton) that he misused campaign funds to pay for a motel stay in Orange County for personal benefit.

“The state Fair Political Practices Commission overruled its chief of enforcement, who had argued that Norby lied when he claimed to have checked into a motel as part of a study of homeless issues.

“‘He listed the date of separation from his wife as the exact same date he checked into the motel,’ Gary Winuk, the commission’s chief of enforcement, told the commission, adding: ‘The respondent committed a very serious violation of the [Political Reform] Act.'”

“However, after hearing some testimony in public, the commission went behind closed doors and a majority voted to uphold the conclusion of an administrative law judge who determined that the motel stay was properly paid for with campaign cash because it served a governmental purpose to help Norby study the homeless issue.”
Assemblyman Chris Norby cleared of alleged campaign fund misuse, by PolitiCal, LA Times, April 5, 2012

No, folks, that is the punchline, sorry. VERY sorry.

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