Chris Hansen was unable to purchase the Sacramento Kings in his attempt to bring an NBA franchise back to Seattle when the NBA rejected his $625 million bid for the team. One of the stipulations the NBA put on the Vivek Ranadive-led Sacramento ownership group was to build a "modern" arena for the team, and the California Fair Political Practice Commission found that Hansen committed $100,000 to a group attempting to gather signatures to force a city-wide vote for the new arena plans.
The FPPC has now fined Hansen $50,000 for his involvement with the anti-Kings arena group, according to the Associated Press.
The FPPC said Hansen is being punished for failing to file a campaign statement. Hansen has agreed to the fine, and the commission will vote to make it official.
Hansen has since released a statement explaining his involvement with the Sacramento Arena opposition group, stating that his legal counsel advanced $80,000 of the $100,000 he committed to the party to begin collecting signatures to force a vote without his consent or knowledge.