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Saturday, February 24, 2024

The nonprofit L.A. Mayor's Fund is getting new ethics rules - Los Angeles Times

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The Los Angeles Mayor’s Fund, a nonprofit started under former Mayor Eric Garcetti, was at one time a fundraising machine, pulling in more than $60 million during Garcetti’s two terms in office.

Good-government experts regularly voiced concerns. They argued that the nonprofit’s operations, while providing needed funding for community programs, also gave off the appearance of a pay-to-play system within the mayor’s office.

Now, Mayor Karen Bass and the leaders of the nonprofit are making changes that could address some of that past criticism.

Mayoral staff will no longer be allowed to raise money for the Mayor’s Fund, or for other nonprofits and foundations associated with the city, including those associated with the Police and Fire departments, under new guidelines announced this week by Bass.

That’s a stark departure from how the fund operated under Garcetti. Workers in the mayor’s office helped raise money for the nonprofit, in some cases asking for donations from companies or individuals that did business with the city, a 2021 Times story revealed.

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