State agency begins investigation of Harbor Gateway developer donations

Los Angeles /
Jan.January 12, 2017 10:30 AM

UPDATED, 7:20 a.m., Jan. 13: The California Fair Political Practices Commission has joined the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office in launching an investigation into the Harbor Gateway political contribution scandal unveiled by the Los Angeles Times in October.

The report showed that developer Samuel Leung may have violated state campaign finance laws when he and his associates — including former construction workers and their relatives — contributed more than $600,000 to the campaigns of numerous local politicians and their causes, including a committee that supported Mayor Eric Garcetti’s 2013 bid.

Nearly a dozen contributors denied making the donations or said they didn’t recall having made them. It would be a violation of finance law if Leung had made the donation on their behalf. The donations were made when City Hall was in the midst of reviewing Leung’s proposed 352-unit project called Sea Breeze.

The FPPC only opens an investigation into cases in which there is sufficient evidence that the California Political Reform Act has been potentially violated, commission spokesperson Jay Wierenga told the Times. It could impose a fine of up to $5,000 per violation.

Just days after the Times broke the news, the L.A. District Attorney’s office announced that it commenced an investigation into the campaign contributions. It’s unclear whether the city’s Ethics Commission is also probing into the case.

Five city council members proposed a new set of laws Tuesday that would ban developers from making political donations while their projects are under city review. [LAT]Cathaleen Chen

 

Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Backers and opponents of Measure S spent $500K on campaigns in first 3 weeks of January alone
Backers and opponents of Measure S spent $500K on campaigns in first 3 weeks of January alone
Backers and opponents of Measure S spent $500K on campaigns in first 3 weeks of January alone
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 23:  A flag flies half-staff on top of the Los Angeles Times building April 23, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. The Times announced today that it will offer voluntary buyouts in an effort to cut its staff of 2,625 by up to 150. Up to about 70 of those jobs would be in the newsroom, dropping the news staff to about 850. When the Tribune Co. bought the newspaper in 2000, there were 1,200 employed on the news side. Last fall, publisher Jeffrey M. Johnson and then Editor Dean Baquet were forced from the paper for fighting against cuts in the newsroom and arguing that a reduction of reporters and editors would hurt the quality of the paper, a belief contrary to that of Tribune executives.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LA Times supports ban on political donations from developers
LA Times supports ban on political donations from developers
Lawmakers say “no thanks” to real estate money in campaign finance proposal
Lawmakers say “no thanks” to real estate money in campaign finance proposal
Lawmakers say “no thanks” to real estate money in campaign finance proposal
Caruso-affiliated entities donated more than $476,000 to city officials in last 5 years
Caruso-affiliated entities donated more than $476,000 to city officials in last 5 years
Caruso-affiliated entities donated more than $476,000 to city officials in last 5 years
Did $600K in suspicious campaign donations make the difference for developer’s Gateway Harbor project?
Did $600K in suspicious campaign donations make the difference for developer’s Gateway Harbor project?
Did $600K in suspicious campaign donations make the difference for developer’s Gateway Harbor project?
Jeffree Star and his Hidden Hills home (Compass, Getty)
Makeup mogul Jeffree Star lists 20K sf mansion
Makeup mogul Jeffree Star lists 20K sf mansion
A rendering of La Veranda (Abode Communities)
Affordable projects in Boyle Heights and Winnetka get LA city bond financing
Affordable projects in Boyle Heights and Winnetka get LA city bond financing
Kevin Hard and his new Calabasas house (Getty, The Shevins / Berkshire Hathaway)
Kevin Hart buys his neighbor’s house in Calabasas for $7M
Kevin Hart buys his neighbor’s house in Calabasas for $7M
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...