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City controller candidate accuses opponent of illegal collaboration with PAC

City Controller candidate Ron Galperin
City Controller candidate Ron Galperin
Kenna Love

Ron Galperin's city controller campaign has filed a complaint with the City Ethics Commission alleging an independent political action committee illegally sent out a mailer that duplicates one used by rival Dennis Zine.

Zine, who represents the San Fernando Valley Third District, is running against Galperin, an attorney and business owner in the May 21 runoff election.

Political action committees that independently spend money on behalf of candidates in city races are barred from coordinating with the candidate's campaign. That includes using the same campaign materials, said David Graham-Caso, a Galperin spokesman.

The complaint said the pro-Zine committee, L.A. Citizens for Fiscal Reform,  circumvented state and city campaign finance laws by sending a copycat mailer. Brad Rosenheim,  Fares T. Wehbe, Deborah P. Wehbe  and the Wehbe Family Trust were named on the mailer as the financial backers. According to documents filed with the Ethics Commission, Rosenheim and the Wehbes each gave the committee $2,000.

A spokesperson for the  L.A. Citizens for Fiscal Reform was not immediately available for comment. Zine spokesman Rick Taylor said the campaign had no control over who uses their campaign materials.

The Ethics Commission has 40 days to respond to the complaint.