Murder Suspect’s Parents, Convicted Felon Among Donors to L.A. County DA Jackie Lacey

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Jackie Lacey appears in an undated image. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Jackie Lacey appears in an undated image. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

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When Jackie Lacey first ran for Los Angeles County district attorney, she loathed asking people for money. The veteran prosecutor eventually got comfortable working donors and settled on a pitch she could tolerate: “Can you invest in my campaign?”

Now seeking a third term in 2020, Lacey seems to rake in contributions with ease. More than $125,000 flowed into her election coffers last year despite the fact Lacey did not hold public campaign events.

Many giving to Lacey are longtime contributors to local politicians, but others include people accused of serious crimes or misconduct, or relatives and associates of the accused.

Among Lacey’s donors were the parents of a Sherman Oaks man awaiting trial for murder, a chiropractor facing insurance fraud charges in Orange County, a felon from Sun Valley convicted of trying to smuggle missile parts to Iran and a Glendale used car dealer previously sanctioned for an illegal campaign donation.

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