March 04, 2015

L.A. Businesses Line Up to Support Mayor Garcetti's Charity

A nonprofit established by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to bolster city services has collected millions of dollars from municipal contractors and big corporations that are strictly limited in offering him direct political support, the Los Angeles Times writes. Modeled on nonprofits in other big cities, the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles has collected $5.2 million since its formation in June to support environmental projects, youth programs, and other elements of Mr. Garcetti’s agenda.

Richard Hasen, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, who studies campaign finance, said the fund could “raise concerns” about companies or unions attempting to curry favor with the mayor. Rick Jacobs, a senior Garcetti aide and the charity’s treasurer, said the fund is overseen by an “impeccably independent” board that guards against donor influence on City Hall.