L.A. Elected Officials Plan to Limit Campaign Money From Developers

Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu is shown in an undated photo.(Credit: Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu is shown in an undated photo.(Credit: Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times)

L.A.’s elected leaders are on the brink of passing a law that would deprive them of one of their biggest sources of political money — real estate companies with projects pending at City Hall.

Under the proposal, those companies and their executives would be prohibited from giving directly to the election campaigns of city candidates. But enforcement of those new restrictions could still take a while — more than two years.

The prolonged timeline has drawn complaints from critics, who say it will allow incumbent council members in the March 2022 primary campaign to preserve one of their key advantages over challengers.

Rob Quan, an organizer with the group Unrig L.A., said he believes council members slow-walked the new donation restrictions so they could continue collecting checks from real estate interests — and improve their odds of staying in office in 2022. As many as seven incumbents could seek re-election that year.

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