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LOS ANGELES ELECTIONS

Donations to Weiss are hard to sort out

Examining the facts behind controversial gifts to Jack Weiss' 2001 L.A. City Council campaign, an issue that has resurfaced in his current bid for city attorney.

May 11, 2009|Maeve Reston

Twelve candidates or elected officials received contributions related to the Casden investigation, according to the city Ethics Commission. Other council members include Tony Cardenas ($4,000), Wendy Greuel ($5,500), Janice Hahn ($500), Tom LaBonge ($2,000), Parks ($4,000) and Greig Smith ($500). Delgadillo received $8,000. Antonio Villaraigosa received $2,000, and Connell received $60,973 in laundered contributions.

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Who else returned money?

Connell sent $22,000 to the state general fund, Parks sent the state the $4,000 cashier's check, and Villaraigosa paid back $2,000. Like Weiss, Delgadillo, Greuel, Hahn, LaBonge and Smith paid nothing because they were advised they did not have an eligible campaign account to tap.

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Trutanich has mentioned that Weiss was fined for 32 ethics violations -- is that true?

In an unrelated matter, the Ethics Commission found that Weiss failed to disclose copies of campaign mailings to the panel during the April and June 2001 elections. The rules require candidates to file original copies of mailers with the commission at the time they are distributed to allow the public to review them. Weiss' aides told the Ethics Commission that the violations resulted from "an unintentional and inadvertent oversight." Weiss was fined $4,800.

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maeve.reston@latimes.com

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday, May 23, 2009 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 National Desk 1 inches; 52 words Type of Material: Correction
Casden Properties: A May 11 article in Section A about a controversy over campaign contributions received by Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss said officials of Casden Properties had been indicted in 2003 for allegedly making improper contributions to candidates in city elections. One official of Casden, a vice president, was indicted.

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