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Saturday, 27 September 2014 16:12

Brem Fails to Report $17K in Contributions Per Fair Political Practices Commission Requirements

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Mike Brem takes his candidate filing oath to seek election as Mayor of Turlock. Mike Brem takes his candidate filing oath to seek election as Mayor of Turlock. TurlockCityNews.com
After falling behind early in the campaign contributions race for the Mayor of Turlock seat, Mike Brem has made a recent push having reported $17,000 in new contributions on Tuesday.

However, the contributions reported by Brem were delayed and reported late per the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).

Under the FPPC, between Aug. 6 and the election date candidates are required to report any contributions a candidate has received or made of $1,000 or more within 24 hours.

The Mike Brem for Mayor 2014 committee, which shows Gary Wahl as treasurer, reported eight new contributions, each $1,000 or more, for a total of $17,000 on Tuesday. The contributions, however, are dated between Aug. 11 and Sept. 17.

The contribution were reported as follows:
  • $1,500 from Alan Marchant, President of Turlock Recycling on Aug. 11
  • $1,500 from Lee Marchant, Office Manager of Turlock Scavenger Co. on Aug. 12
  • $5,000 from Daregal, Inc. on Aug. 26
  • $5,000 from SupHerb Farms, founded by Brem, on Sept. 3
  • $1,000 from Ahlem Farms Partnership on Sept. 4
  • $2,000 from Smith Chevrolet Cadillac, Inc. on Sept. 4
  • $1,000 from Turlock Action for Business - Political Action Committee on Sept. 14
  • $1,000 from Charles Ahlem, owner of Charles Ahlem Ranch, on Sept. 17

About the late reporting, Brem said he had been mistaken about the FPPC rules, and immediately reported the money once he found out.

“In the Candidate Forum Information I received from the City, the Form 497 required reporting of any donations of $1,000 or more as of October 19th, 16 days before the election,” said Brem in an email. “We were made aware this week that the rules changed and immediately reported as per the requirements.”

On Sept. 19, TurlockCityNews.com informed the public of the campaign finance 24 hour donation reporting law, that went into effect Jan. 1, 2013, in an article updating the community of new donations received by Mayoral candidate Gary Soiseth and Turlock City Council candidate Forrest White.

According to the FPPC, violation of the Political Reform Act could result in a penalty anywhere from a warning letter to the maximum of $5,000 for each violation.

“Of course, it all depends on the facts and specifics of each case,” said FPPC spokesperson Jay Wierenga.

In a similar case, the Supporters for a Better San Clemente and Jeanne O’Grady were fined a total of $2,500 for failing to report a contribution of $2,111 to the City Clerk within 24 hours in October 2010.

Prior to the newly reported $17,000, Brem’s opponent Soiseth had taken a sizable lead in campaign contributions.

After the first filling period, ending on June 30, Soiseth had $32,402 in contributions while Brem had $8,923.99.

Soiseth added $4,500 in August with three contributions of $1,500, the personal limit he has declared he would accept from an individual, taking his total contributions near $37,000.

Brem now sits at $25,923.99 after the newly contributed money.

With both candidates bringing in big money, the Mayoral race appears to be headed towards another record race.

In 2006, then-candidates John Lazar and Kurt Vander Weide had more than $118,000 contributed to their campaigns, according to 2006 FPPC finance forms.

Since the end of the first filing period, only contributions of $1,000 have been reported by the candidates. On Oct. 6, the end of the second filing period, there will be a more clear picture of how much each candidate has received and how close they are to record numbers.

Comments (28)

  1. Future mayor?

This is our future mayor? He either just learned of a January 1, 2013 law on Turlockcitynews last week or he was trying to hide money or save it up to make a public momentum push.

Vote Gary Soiseth for mayor! He collects a lot of donations but...

This is our future mayor? He either just learned of a January 1, 2013 law on Turlockcitynews last week or he was trying to hide money or save it up to make a public momentum push.

Vote Gary Soiseth for mayor! He collects a lot of donations but he shows it on his website and sends it to Turlockcitynews to be upfront about his campaign.

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  1. Dishonest

I knew he was dishonest. This is also the same person behind the road tax measure B that is taxing people on the east side of Turlock twice to fix roads a lot of the city employees live on. Vote NO on Brem and measure B!

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  1. Lmfao

Brem tried to hide these big money donors and ended up putting them in the spotlight.

I'm sure everyone with a Brem sign in their yard who are all only people who got pressured into feeling bad for him are really embarrassed right now.

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  1. No worse

Brem is no worse than Soiseth using all of Matt Swanson's fronts and collecting over $30,000 in donations. They're both politicians and both can be trusted.

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  1. Not surprised

Thai doesn't surprise me except that was bound to get exposed and the cheating would get caught. It won't surprise me to see Measure B road tax caught up with dishonest Mike Brem and Turlock Chamber of Commerce plans led by our current mayor John...

Thai doesn't surprise me except that was bound to get exposed and the cheating would get caught. It won't surprise me to see Measure B road tax caught up with dishonest Mike Brem and Turlock Chamber of Commerce plans led by our current mayor John Lazar. Watch for unions and construction companies to work with real estate agents for kickbacks! Jim Theis who is leading the road tax hike on the poor is a commercial realtor who works with mayor lazar. None of then can be trusted.

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  1. Failed to report?

Sounds like TCN found out about the contributions because THEY WERE REPORTED by Brem, just late. Sounds like his treasurer dropped the ball.

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  1. George

Give guns to Brem and Soiseth and whoever kills the mountain lion first becomes mayor. Thats how they chose leaders before the invention of money.

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Want to think thoit little lord fauntleroy Soiseth or Brem is going to do anything for Turlock. WRONG. Both Soiseth, Brem, and the majority of candidates are looking to line their pockets with hush money to deliver BIG USDA checks to the almond...

Want to think thoit little lord fauntleroy Soiseth or Brem is going to do anything for Turlock. WRONG. Both Soiseth, Brem, and the majority of candidates are looking to line their pockets with hush money to deliver BIG USDA checks to the almond and dairy farmers in our area. make no mistake - government employees and our "selected" leaders are making sure you keep working so they can steal it through taxation.

The USDA gives money to almond farmers for water(that they cant afford), and money to advertise overseas. Then the almond farmers drain aquifers to water their crop - which 80% is exported. Why are we paying to make almond farmers like Soiseth rich? Why are we paying almond farmers to keep land our of working peoples hands so they can send 80% of their crop to communist china?

Why are we bailing out welfare money grubbing farmers when they can't afford to be in business in the first place??

Welcome to Turlock - where farmers and dairy kill the valley and run around likek psuedo kings. Dear portuguese: your empire ended 400 years ago. we know you started the slave industry.

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that want to wave a flag and fawn over Colon Krapernicky, and then elect of bunch of people who will destroy turlock, make property prices overvalued, run independents out of town, and cater to coporate oppression.

Hey local farmers - the gig is...

that want to wave a flag and fawn over Colon Krapernicky, and then elect of bunch of people who will destroy turlock, make property prices overvalued, run independents out of town, and cater to coporate oppression.

Hey local farmers - the gig is up! no more tax money for you! no more overvalued land so you can suck down tax dollars and leave everyone else is section 8 housing, or renting shanty houses.

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  1. Politician

Brem looks like he's the one to vote for if we want another politician like Lazar hiding money from real estate kickback deals and getting his campaign manager hired. Ask how Marynn Pitt avoided getting laid off when over 10 employees in her area...

Brem looks like he's the one to vote for if we want another politician like Lazar hiding money from real estate kickback deals and getting his campaign manager hired. Ask how Marynn Pitt avoided getting laid off when over 10 employees in her area get laid off and had been there for 20 years while she was new. Now Lazar is trying to get the city manager a $750,000 deal and Brem has agreed to carry on for Lazar to keep is secrets safe as long as the city manager isn't fired when the new council comes in.

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