SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is speaking out about his failure to properly report more than $3.5 million in donations he solicited for non-profits over the past four years but isn’t talking about some other recent issues plaguing his office.

On Monday, the California Fair Political Practice Commission announced it was fining Johnson $37,000 for the failure to report the donations in the required 30-day window.

On Tuesday night, CBS13 cameras caught up to Mayor Johnson and asked him about the situation.

“I can assure you that’s never going to happen again. Second, we’ve been very committed to being public and transparent. I think the FPPC rewarded us for being cooperative,” Johnson said.

However, when asked about the other issues in his office like missing a deadline for a ballot measure and the criminal investigation into a mayoral aide’s credit card spending, the mayor was not so transparent.


“No, no. I’m not going to answer that question,” Johnson said, pushing his way past the CBS13 camera. “I didn’t have to do this interview today. All the cameras came out today and I literally addressed this issue.”

The full FPPC board still has to approve the $37,000 fine against Johnson, which it’s scheduled to do next week in its meeting in San Diego.

The donations were made to the city’s arena task force and Johnson’s education initiatives.


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