California Legislator Backs Shady RV Dealer

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California Assemblyman Mike Villines, (R-Clovis), has reportedly interceded in case involving a Fresno RV dealer, in which the Department of Motor Vehicles had refused to approve the renewal of a sales permit, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The RV dealer, Dan Gamel, had been previously cited for misleading customers in advertising campaigns, failing to follow business regulations and bouncing checks to the DMV. The dealer had also lost a number of lawsuits accusing his firm of selling defective motor homes and bribing a lender.

After the DMV failed to approve a new temporary sales permit, Assemblyman Villines, the GOP nominee for state insurance commissioner in the November 2 election, met with DMV Director George Valverde, and Gamel’s lawyer; subsequently,  a three year probationary license was issued. Around the same time, Valverde fired the DMV’s chief counsel, who had vigorously objected to the request by Villines to allow Gamel to go over the head of the DMV’s enforcement staff.

Shortly after the issuance of the new permit, Gamel wrote a $6,500 check to Villines’ insurance commissioner campaign, and agreed to co-sponsor a fundraising event for the candidate, although the fundraiser was later cancelled.

Los Angeles Times

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