A state agency, which imposes campaign finance laws, launches an investigation against political donations connected to a project of a developer of Harbor Gateway Apartment, responding to a report of Times. A spokesman from Fair Political Practices Commission said that the agency started probing after having a letter received from Times reader, who directed at the newspaper’s investigation against donors with ties to Sea Breeze Project developer of 352-unit, Samuel Leung. The reader told the agency to peek into whether the mentioned donors in the story did violate campaign finance laws. Jay Wierenga, FPPC spokesman, refused further details provision, saying that commission doesn’t comment to open investigations. Donors linked indirectly or directly to Leung, as reported by The Times in October, to support area politicians of 11 L.A., gave further than $600,000, as Sea Breeze was reviewed at City Hall of Los Angeles. Most of the listed campaign contributors denied making those donations.
Taking all complaints under initial review, FPPC opens an investigation if only there is an evidence sufficient enough to state violation of the Political Reform Act of California, said Wierenga. This law regulates financial conflicts regarding public officials’ interests, campaign finance and several governmental ethics issues. Fines up to %5000 each violation can be imposed by the agency. For investigation of local cases, the agency has worked with Ethics Commission of Los Angeles City, in the past. Which includes a money laundering case of 1993 which resulted in a penalty, for shipping company, of nearly $900,000. The requests for comment on Wednesday wasn’t responded by Leung or his representatives. The Ethics Commission of Los Angeles City, which enforces laws of campaign finance at city level, refused to comment whether it too had been investigating the donations, saying that administrative code and City Charter require to keep its investigations confidential.
Political donations from the developers of real estate, in Los Angeles, have come under revived scrutiny. Five members of the Council of Los Angeles City, on Tuesday, proposed banning developers’ political donations after their building projects’ city reviews.