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DA opens inquiry on Martinez campaign financing*

"The City Maven," Alice Walton says today that Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley’s public integrity unit has an open inquiry on candidate Rudy Martinez’s campaign financing. The open file, Walton says, likely includes information on select campaign donations from various individuals associated with former Councilman Nick Pacheco's law office, which were later refunded.

Of the 12 donors from the Nick Pacheco Law Group, only four were residents of the city of Los Angeles. Pacheco was the only resident of the Fourteenth District.

That news prompted a consultant for Huizar’s campaign to question whether the money was returned because employees had been illegally reimbursed for their contributions. In response to that, Pacheco sent a cease and desist letter to the campaign.

&c. Pacheco says, “The allegations are significant enough that they should be investigated, and that way everybody knows exactly what did and did not happen. I don’t know what transpired between Mr. [Carlos] Lira and Mr. [Juan Carlos] Jaramillo because I wasn’t there and I wasn’t privy to that transaction, if it happened the way that Mr. Lira reports it.”

*[This is a reposting of an earlier item. The title has been changed in this reposting. Pacheco wrote street-hassle wishing for me to distinguish between actions involving people working for his law firm and actions involving him directly. I think it's a fair point, and I made a tiny change in the title and first paragraph from original item to reflect his concern. He also adds that "my law office never made a contribution to the Martinez campaign."]

UPDATE: LA Times' David Zahniser posts item on inquiry at 1:57 p.m.
UPDATE II: LA Weekly has item at 3:01 p.m.
UPDATE III: Full Zahniser Times article February 2.