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Ethics Commission fines Jose Huizar $10K for campaign missteps (updated)

Councilman Huizar speaks to senior citizens from the 14th district.
Councilman Huizar speaks to senior citizens from the 14th district.
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L.A. City Councilman José Huizar was fined $10,500 Thursday for ethics violations related to his 2011 re-election campaign. 

The Ethics Commission found the Fourteenth District councilman accepted four contributions that exceeded the $500 cap that was in place at the time of the campaign. In two cases, the contributions came from individuals and their businesses. The other two contributions were from companies that had majority shareholders in common.

The Huizar campaign also failed to file three, mass e-mail communications as required by the Ethics Commission.

The Councilman's attorney, Stephen Kaufman, told commissioners: “Councilman Huizar accepts full responsibility for the actions of his committee and ultimately the buck stops with him but as you have identified, as with many, many other campaigns, the candidate relies upon professional staff, campaign staff to deal with compliance issues. We strive for perfection, but can’t always get it.”

The councilman faced a possible fine of $35,000. He plans to set up a legal defense fund to raise the money needed to pay off the fine, according to his office. 

This post has been updated.