Lobbying firm fined by ethics commission

A local lobbying firm agreed to pay the San Diego Ethics Commission a $1,500 fine for late disclosure reports, it was announced Friday.

Bartell & Associates, owned by Jim Bartell, filed a required quarterly disclosure report two months late, and did not register as a lobbying firm on time, according to Stacey Fulhorst, executive director of the Ethics Commission.

“The timely filing of registration forms and quarterly disclosure reports is essential in terms of ensuring that the public has prompt access to information regarding compensated efforts to influence municipal decisions,” said Larry Westfall, chairman of the Ethics Commission.

According to Westfall, Bartell & Associates has a history of late filing.