Oakland Ethics Commission fines Schaaf for campaign finance violation

Oakland’s Public Ethics Commission recommended a $1,000 fine against Mayor Libby Schaaf’s 2014 mayoral campaign on Monday night for violating the city’s campaign finance rules.

Schaaf’s campaign received a $2,400 in contributions from 11 West Partner, LLC, a developer with a number of high profile projects in the city. Oakland’s election code, however, limits contributions to $800 per election cycle.

Staff had initially recommended levying a $400 fine on Schaaf, before commissioners urged for a higher penalty.

In addition to the fine, Schaaf’s campaign is also ordered to return the $2,400 contribution from the developer.