However, under state law requiring politicians to report gifts, he was required to disclose the free plane tickets and accommodations.
Instead of admitting the mistake, Dellums's former chief of staff David Chai explained that the trip was paid for out-of-pocket.
Now the Dellums administration is admitting they made a mistake, and intend to correct it. But the gaffe may draw a sanction in the form of a fine of up to $5,000.
Any fine wouldn't come at a great time for the family Dellums, since they currently owe the Internal Revenue Service hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes.