FPPC Clears Dave Potter After Investigating Trip to Ireland With Developer
November 5, 2012
Just barely in time for the Nov. 6 election, Supervisor Dave Potter was cleared in an investigation by the California Fair Political Practices Commission, though he's not out of hot water yet, with another investigation still pending.
After reviewing financial statements and other documents, FPPC investigators concluded an investigation regarding a trip Potter took to Ireland. He and his wife, as well as Monterey Downs developer Brian Boudreau, were guests at the wedding of William de Burgh, who's known in the horse racing circles. (De Burgh holds a seat on the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association board of directors.)
Potter has said he and his wife covered all of their own expenses for the trip in the summer of 2011.
"The Commission has determined that no violation of the [Fair Political Practices] Act has occurred and is closing this matter," Senior FPPC Counsel Galena West wrote in a Nov. 5 letter to a county attorney, Jennie Unger Skelton of San Rafael-based Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni.
There's a separate FPPC investigation into Potter, as well as Supervisor Lou Calcagno, Marina Coast Water District General Manager Jim Heitzman, former Monterey County Water Resources Agency General Manager Curtis Weeks, and former MCWRA director Steve Collins, all regarding alleged conflict of interest in the defunct Regional Water Project. Collins is also facing criminal charges associated with that project.