Campaign agency considers fines for 2 GOP brothers

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Updated: 4/17 11:34 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's political watchdog agency is considering whether to fine two brothers for transferring money between their campaigns while both were running for state Assembly in 2008.

The California Fair Political Practices Commission took the case under review Thursday after hearing arguments.

It now has a month to decide whether to accept an administrative law judge's recommendation that Sen. Tom Berryhill of Twain Harte and his brother, former Assemblyman Bill Berryhill of Ceres, be fined for transferring $40,000 between their legislative campaigns.

The brothers, both Republicans, deny violating campaign finance rules.

The administrative law judge recommended a fine of up to $35,000 for Tom Berryhill and his campaign committee and up to $10,000 for Bill Berryhill and his committee.

Commissioners can accept, reject or modify the recommendation.

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