Former Secretary of State and Consumer Services Agency Pays Fine

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, June 18, 2009

The former head of the State and Consumer Services Agency is paying a 54-hundred dollar fine after accepting payments from private firms that her agency regulated.   Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports...

Rosario Marin resigned from the post in March.  That’s when the Los Angeles Times reported that she was paid nearly 30-thousand dollars by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb.  The newspaper said Marin made speeches on behalf of the firms as her agency was pushing for less state oversight of the pharmaceutical industry.  The Fair Political Practices Commission, the state’s ethical watchdog, levied the fine against Marin.  Commission chairman Ross Johnson... 
“It’s illegal and its wrong.  The matter was carefully investigated by our enforcement staff and that was their recommendation and the commission adopted that recommendation...” 
Johnson says Marin will not face criminal charges.  A spokesman for the commission says she immediately paid the fine.   When she resigned in March, Marin issued a statement that said she “had always followed the spirit and intent of the law.”  Appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger, she was paid 175-thousand dollars a year.