SAM Action Inc, the political lobbying wing of the anti-cannabis advocacy group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, is in hot water with California campaign officials after they were late or negligent in filing donor information and donation amounts.
According to the L.A. Times, the California Fair Political Practices Commission will impose a $6,000 fine on SAM Action Inc. and a $3,500 fine on Public and Mental Health Advocates Against 64, an anti-pot campaign committee that received funding from SAM Action Inc.
The group’s primary infraction was failing to add major donor Julie Schauer to their campaign committee’s name, and failing to disclose five of Schauer’s contributions.
Schauer, a retired art professor who lives in Pennsylvania, has donated $1.36 million to SAM to help anti-legalization campaign in California and a number of other states. Schauer also happens to be the same woman who took to Twitter to insinuate that marijuana leads to violence.
@tomangell Legalizers should make statement about why so many murderers use pot. Changed brains? Or ‘caus pot allows killing w/ no remorse?
— Julie Schauer (@InAweofArt) September 10, 2016