Andy Thorburn Files A Complaint Highlighting Ken Williams’ Failure to Comply with FPPC Rules on Financial Reporting

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — Today, former classroom teacher Andy Thorburn’s campaign for Orange County Board of Education District 3 issued a complaint to the FPPC calling for an investigation into Board Member Ken Williams’ repeated failure to comply with the California Fair Political Practices Commission’s financial disclosure rules.

Despite being required to file his Form 460 reports by the required deadline, Williams has failed to do so multiple times, for both the 12/31 and 1/18 reporting periods. Neglecting to do so is a clear violation of California’s Political Reform Act.

An excerpt of the complaint can be viewed below:

“Mr. Williams’ failure to submit on time such significant information is a serious violation of FPPC rules, and more importantly, deprives the public and the press of the ability to evaluate his sources of fundraising and any potential conflicts of interest that may arise. Therefore, we are requesting that the Committee review Mr. Williams’ repeated failure to submit a Form 460 on time, and issue an appropriate resolution.”

Andy Thorburn is a former classroom teacher, workers’ rights advocate and successful businessman who is running to represent the Orange County Board of Education’s 3rd District. He has worked as an educator and entrepreneur, and at each phase in his life, he has prioritized the principle that any organization – a county or a company – gets the best results if it treats its people fairly, with dignity, and holds itself to a standard of excellence.

After college, Thorburn started his career in public service as a high school teacher in Newark, New Jersey. His leadership abilities were recognized almost immediately, and he was elected to a senior position in the local chapter of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). Also while teaching, Thorburn attended graduate school at Jersey City University. Thorburn also later served on the boards of the local United Family Agency, an organization from which he adopted his children, and the local YMCA.

After leaving the classroom, Thorburn founded a small business that specialized in selling insurance to working families, particularly classroom teachers. This launched a truly remarkable career in business and philanthropy that has led to him creating hundreds of jobs and providing retirement security to countless Americans at home and abroad.

Previously, Thorburn led the international company Global Benefits Group. He is also the founder of Contemporary Policy Institute – a nonprofit that focuses on educating the public about the facts surrounding key issues affecting our country today.

Thorburn has also been very active in community service organizations, including his current role on the Board of the Community Action Fund at the local Planned Parenthood chapter and the Executive Board of the Huntington Disease Taskforce. He had previously been active at Rotary International.

Thorburn has begun the process of building a broad coalition of students, educators, parents, and local elected officials, all of whom share his vision of providing a comprehensive public education to every student in Orange County.

Thorburn has been married to his wife Karen for 36 years, and they have two children together. Andy and Karen live in Orange County, where they have lived for the past 18 years.