Los Angeles City Councilman Hal Bernson responded to an order by the city's Ethics Commission to repay $11,000 in laundered campaign contributions, saying Thursday he will donate the money to police in his district.
Bernson instructed city officials Wednesday to establish a fund for police in the Devonshire Division, and said he also will give police $5,000 from a 5% salary increase that he and other local elected officials are scheduled to receive this year.
The $11,000 in contributions came from Evergreen American Corp., a giant shipping firm that admitted last year to illegally funneling $172,000 in contributions to state and local officials through employees, relatives and friends. Campaign laws require that the sources of all contributions be disclosed so that the public can determine where the money originated.
Bernson's donation appears to have satisfied the Ethics Commission's request for repayment of the money.
Mimi Strauss, chief of enforcement for the commission, said she only received a copy of Bernson's letter explaining his donation idea on Thursday but believes it will satisfy the commission.