Politician Who Supported Syrian Refugees Fined by Authorities for Perjury
Lovingood is the board chairman representing the sprawling first district, which includes the communities of Apple Valley, Hesperia, and Victorville.
A few weeks before the November election, his opponent, Angela Valles, discovered that the federal government was placing unvetted Syrian refugees in the City of Victorville without notifying the residents. This is a clear violation of federal law.
In numerous interviews, Lovingood refused to condemn the placement of the refugees and maintained that he did not have any power to stop it, compel compliance with the federal law, or feel that it was his job to keep the community informed.
It was clear that the late-breaking story severely damaged the Lovingood campaign. He outspent his cash-strapped opponent by more than a half million dollars and opened with a 12 point lead when the first numbers representing absentee voters were counted on election night.
However, that gap would shrink to just a 3.5 point deficit by the time the last vote was tallied.
Lovingood is a wealthy man who campaign for office on his business savvy. He runs a couple of employment agencies and earns income from contracts and agreements his company has with other agencies in his political district -- a clear conflict of interest and a 1090 violation.
During the campaign Valles filed a complaint with the FPPC alleging that Lovingood was failing to disclose the sources of his income that he had received from other government agencies in his district. The information must be disclosed on something called a Form 700 Statement of Economic Interest (SEI) document and it is signed under penalty of perjury.
The FPPC commission investigators concluded that Lovingood did violate the law. The FPPC can simply approve the $6,000 fine as recommended by the investigation unit or it can pull the item from the consent calendar and increase the fine amount.
Lovingood insulted the intelligence of anyone who could fog a mirror by claiming that he misunderstood the term "gross income" to mean "net income" on the forms.
Yes. You read that right.
Supervisor Lovingood is a corrupt, do-nothing politician who cares more about his own wallet and Syrian refugees than the taxpayers of San Bernardino County.
I would encourage you to contact the FPPC via email and ask them to reconsider this slap on the wrist. We need to go after these corrupt politicians who sell-out Americans for refugees.
Please send email correspondence to: CommAsst@fppc.ca.gov and reference: In the Matter of Robert Lovingood; FPPC No. 14/1149
You don't need to mention anything about the refugees. Stick to criticizing his lame, unbelievable excuses and how a $6,000 fine does nothing to deter politicians from hiding their sources of income -- especially when we are talking amounts in excess of $1 million.