Case Resolutions (Without Fine/Penalty)
Some cases resolve without the issuance of an administrative penalty. In those instances, the FPPC's Enforcement Division will issue a letter to the person or persons complained about to conclude the case. There are three types of letters used.
- Warning Letters – A Warning Letter is issued if a violation of the Act is found but the seriousness of the offense is low, public harm is minimal, and/or other mitigation is found so that a monetary fine is not warranted. Since no administrative penalty is imposed, these letters are issued by the Enforcement Division and do not require approval by the Commissioners. A warning letter can be considered a prior action by the Enforcement Division when considering a future penalty.
- Advisory Letters - If there is insufficient evidence to prosecute a case but the person complained about appears to need information about the Act to ensure future compliance, the Enforcement Division closes the case with an advisory letter.
- No Action Letters – If there is insufficient evidence to prosecute a case and no further information would be helpful or informative, the Enforcement Division issues a No Action Letter to conclude the case.
Ten days after a case is closed with a warning, advisory, or no action letter, the letter is posted online. All such letters that have been issued since July 1, 2009 may be found below, along with a search box and drop down menus to more easily look up letters with certain words, names, or dates.