Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell. Photo by John Schreiber.

A Los Angeles real estate investor faces a $17,000 fine after writing checks through more than a dozen companies to help elect City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, violating city rules that limit campaign donations.

The proposed fine from the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission comes more than a year and a half after the Los Angeles Times reported on the donations as an example of how hard it is to tell who is behind campaign contributions from businesses.

Four years ago, Leeor Maciborski wrote checks to the O’Farrell campaign from limited liability companies tied to apartment buildings in East Hollywood and Los Feliz, city investigators found, according to The Times. Maciborski, who was responsible for maintaining the buildings, was authorized to unilaterally make expenditures of up to $1,000 from the companies.

The donations ran afoul of campaign finance restrictions. Under city rules, each donor can give only a limited amount to each candidate running — $700 per election at the time. But investigators found that several sets of the companies had a majority of the same members, which means they were considered to be the same donors under city rules, The Times reported Friday.

All in all, the limited liability company donations exceeded city restrictions by $3,000, city investigators found, according to The Times. Maciborski was held responsible for the violations because he controlled the campaign contributions from the companies, according to a city summary of the investigation.

—City News Service

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