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Cable Firm to Pay Fines in Campaign Fund Case

November 14, 2000

LOS ANGELES — MediaOne, which for years provided cable TV service in the east San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley and South-Central Los Angeles, has agreed to pay $3,250 in fines to the city Ethics Commission for excessive contributions to City Council members--and for late disclosure of lobbyist activity.

According to a decision signed by company representatives, MediaOne exceeded the $1,500 aggregate limit on campaign contributions for the June 1999 election when it gave $2,750--including $500 to Councilman Alex Padilla, $500 to Councilman Nate Holden and $750 to Councilman Nick Pacheco.

MediaOne also exceeded the city's $500 limit for a single contribution with its $750 check to Pacheco's election committee, according to the stipulated agreement, which is scheduled to be ratified Thursday by the Los Angeles Ethics Commission.

MediaOne's parent company, MediaOne Group, was purchased by AT&T in June--after MediaOne's violations occurred, according to the decision. Its local cable franchises are now held under the name AT&T Broadband.

The stipulation also says that MediaOne and Perry C. Parks III, the firm's vice president of government and public affairs, missed a deadline for filing a lobbyist report by two months.

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