Debi Davis

Mlnarik Accused of Breaking Campaign Law, Benefiting from Shadow Consultant

John Mlnarik didn’t win a seat on the Santa Clara City Council, and now he’s being accused of breaking campaign laws. (Screenshot via YouTube)

Since his unsuccessful bid for a seat on the Santa Clara City Council last year, attorney John Mlnarik has been on the legal warpath. To date, Mlnarik has sued: a couple whose diminutive dog allegedly nipped him on the hand while he was campaigning; blogger and political operative James Rowen for defamation; and a former employee, attorney Elena Rivkin Franz, who supposedly misused company resources to start her own firm and steal clients. The last two targets on that list are fighting back, however, and the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC)—the state political watchdog—could have an interest in their allegations.

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