BREAKING NEWS - Ethics Commission Fines Councilmembers!
OK, maybe not breaking news.
Some of this is old, some is new, but it is all worth mentioning. The LA City Ethics commission struck again yesterday accusing councilmembers Zine, Weiss, Greuel, and Smith, City Attorney Delgadillo, and failed mayoral candidate Kathleen Connell of various infractions regarding donations to various campaigns.
While Zine led the list with a possible $115,000 fine for charges related to using a city phone to make campaign calls, the others are more fun to chat about because the include the "L" word - LAUNDERING
Quoting the LA Times:
Pelham also issued accusations in two political money-laundering cases Monday, including an allegation that Acosta & Co. and owner Steve Acosta, a CPA, reimbursed political contributions made by others to the 2001 campaigns of council members Jack Weiss, Wendy Greuel and Greig Smith, and of City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo.
In the other case, Pelham alleged that Design Masonry and its owner, Randall Carpenter, were involved in laundering $3,000 in contributions to the campaigns of Weiss and 2001 mayoral candidate Kathleen Connell.
Acosta and Carpenter were among 14 subcontractors to Alan Casden's development firm who pleaded no contest in October to criminal charges of participating in a political money-laundering scheme at City Hall, along with a vice president of the Casden company.
And people wonder why MEAV won the election based on his stance against corruption. Hmmm...I think I have an idea!
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