Shady campaign money with ties to a big developer

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Sea Breeze is a $72 million apartment complex planned near the Port of L.A. Last year, city council members unanimously approved it with no discussion. They went against the recommendation of their own planning commission. Now the LA Times has found hundreds of campaign donations from people connected to the developer totalling more than $600,000 to local politicians. But some of those contributors had no idea they’d donated to these politicians, raising the specter that the developer made the contributions in their name without their knowledge.