Several LA-area politicians, including Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Councilman Joe Buscaino, are denying reports today that donations influenced their support for a project in Harbor Gateway. An LA Times investigation found dozens of donors with direct or indirect connections to a real estate developer gave hundreds of thousands of dollars as the city was reviewing the project. Many of those donors say they did not make those contributions or couldn't recall making them.
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