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The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in its investigation has ended up in an L. A. Councilwoman s 2015 campaign, citing insufficient evidence to pursue a fraud case against the Democrats, according to a report.
The investigation surrounded a small donation dollars are used to more than $65,000 in taxpayer matching funds for city Councilwoman Nury Martinez’s re-election, The Los Angeles Times reported.
City election rules require that the Martinez campaign, collect a minimum of 200 donations of $5 or more of the residents in your district, in order to be eligible for matching funds.
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The district attorney’s Public Integrity Division, said that, while some of the donations were not by one of the listed donor, “the evidence was not sufficient to prove who was ultimately responsible.”
Several people told The times they had not donate to Martinez despite listed as contributors.
One of them, Irene Salazar of Sun Valley, said she had no money to Martinez’s 2015 re-election, although the city’s ethics Commission, lists Salazar, her husband, her son and her daughter as a $5 donor.
“In a criminal case the prosecution bears the burden of proof for each element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt,” Alan Yochelson, Deputy head of the district attorney’s Public Integrity Division, has written. “Here, even though our investigation showed variations in the donor report, we are able to determine whether or not you keep the result of fraud or simply bad.”
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Martinez in a statement said she was “satisfied” with the decision. “We are proud of the adherence to the strictest ethical standards and we have the honour that commitment.”
In the last year, some of Martinez’s employees, and small-dollar donors have been called before a county grand jury.
The FBI is conducting a separate investigation and was said previously, some of Martinez’s donors before a federal grand jury, reports the Times.
An FBI spokesman would not the investigation to comment.