Ethics Commission Again Fines LA Elected Officials

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Political reformers boast that Los Angeles has the nation's stiffest controls on campaign fundraising. Yet even the commissioners who enforce them admit such checks give violators an unjustified break. Elected officials, like Council President Alex Padilla who was recently hit a record penalty, may have to refund money and pay fines, but they can raise the money from campaign contributors. Miriam Krinsky, who heads the LA City Ethics Commission, favors personal disciplinary action that could not be covered by fundraising, and a ban prohibiting incumbents from soliciting funds from those with business before the city. Councilman Nate Holden maintains that such laws effectively discriminate against candidates of modest means.
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Center for International Policy

El Tiempo (Spanish)

FARC (Spanish)

Los Angeles City Ethics Commission

Councilman Nate Holden

Council President Alex Padilla

Metropolitan Transit Authority

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Host:
Warren Olney

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Frances Anderton