Your story on the Fair Political Practices Commission offered a welcome opportunity to look at our important role in the political process. However, it promulgated a major misconception. You mistake our caseload for a backlog.
Cases come in and are either dismissed or acted upon. Then they’re out of the queue.
The FPPC Enforcement Division received 124 complaints and referrals last month, rejected 23 complaints, and closed 128 cases. Not everything that comes in during a given month concludes that same month.
More than three fourths, 77 percent of all cases, now go to a streamlined program, and the 26 streamline cases on the August Agenda were completed within 54 days. There are always open cases.
Your article claims the number 1,069 is “recently developed.” It isn’t. Numbers show this is normal.
The article mischaracterized it with the very subjective term “massive.” But it is normal. The article also included an editorialized claim of “likely making it harder to tackle new complaints in a timely manner.” That would be true if there was a sudden influx of 1,069 cases. But there was not.
The FPPC Enforcement Division prioritizes cases constantly, especially during election season. I hope this offers a more accurate picture of the great work of the FPPC.