DA’s Office to Review Campaign Contributions From Donors With Ties to Sea Breeze Developer

An aerial view of the Sea Breeze apartment complex under construction in Harbor Gateway. (Credit: Travis Geske/Los Angeles Times)

An aerial view of the Sea Breeze apartment complex under construction in Harbor Gateway. (Credit: Travis Geske/Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles district attorney’s office said Monday that it would review a series of campaign contributions made by donors with ties to a developer who secured approval for a controversial $72-million apartment complex.

On Sunday, a Times investigation showed that more than 100 donors who were directly or indirectly connected to developer Samuel Leung had made donations totaling more than $600,000 to L.A.-area politicians while his 352-unit Sea Breeze project was being reviewed.

Of those who donated, 11 denied making contributions or said they didn’t remember doing so, and one told The Times she had been reimbursed for at least one donation. The responses raise questions about whether someone else was the source of the money — a practice that is not permitted under campaign finance laws.

Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey, said prosecutors were “aware of the allegations” surrounding the Sea Breeze project, located in L.A.’s Harbor Gateway neighborhood, and would review them.

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