The director of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission on Monday formally accused Councilman Dennis Zine of 23 violations of campaign finance laws, including accepting donations that exceeded city limits and using a police union phone for political purposes.
LeeAnn Pelham, head of the Ethics Commission, issued a three-page accusation alleging that Zine and his campaign treasurer received $4,191 in contributions that exceeded the city's $500 limit on individual donations and accepted $2,415 in public matching funds for which his campaign was not eligible.
The excessive contributions allegedly included $2,100 provided by the Police Protective League for service and airtime costs for a phone used by Zine's campaign.
Zine denied he used the union telephone for political purposes while he campaigned for his council seat in 2001.
"It was police activity that was taking place. I didn't use it for campaign calls," said Zine, who is a police reserve officer and was a police union director before he ran for the council.