Formal Complaint Filed Against Calif. F&G Chief Who Killed Idaho Cougar

Posted by George Prentice on Sat, Mar 3, 2012 at 10:21 AM

A formal complaint was filed Friday against the president of Californiia's Fish and Game Commission, who shot and killed a mountain lion during an Idaho hunting trip.

Kathy Bowler, the former executive director of the California Democratic Party, filed the complaint because she said Daniel Richards killed the cougar at an Idaho ranch that normally charges thousands of dollars for the privilege. Bowler said California law limits gifts to state officials like Richards to a maximum of $420 a year. Bowler also said Richards didn't properly report the gift to California's Fair Political Practices Commission.

Richards visited the Flying B Ranch, near Kamiah, in January. The ranch charges $6,800 for seven days of cougar hunting with two guides.

Similar hunting was banned in California in 1971.

California's FPPC is required to conduct a preliminary review of the complaint before determining if there will be a full-blown investigation.

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Hey George, What's FPPC?

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Posted by Bootycall on 03/04/2012 at 7:12 AM

Hi BootyCall,

The FPPC is the Fair Political Practices Commision referenced earlier.
It's a bi-partisan body that investigates alleged violations of California's Political Reform Act and can even assess penalties. In particular, they regulate campaign financing, conflicts of interest, lobbyist overreaching, and gifts given to public officials and candidates.
Thanks,
George

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Posted by George Prentice on 03/04/2012 at 7:55 AM

I am sure the purpose of the FPPC is to limit the influence of money on California public policy. What in the hell would the Flying B have to gain politically from offering a discount or free hunt to a California official?

Logic dictates that this complaint will fall on alert ears! If the California legislature dismisses him he will have a great justification for a wrongful termination lawsuit.

There is no end to the wackiness of California's dysfunctional politics.

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Posted by idaholc on 03/04/2012 at 9:31 AM
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