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November 24, 2009
Contact: Areen Ibranossian: (818) 968-8534
Judge Rules in Krekorian’s Favor, Against Essel’s Special Interests
A federal court judge on Tuesday denied a political committee’s request to overturn a 24-year-old city ethics law. The ruling, seen as a boon for Los Angeles City Council candidate Paul Krekorian, was a sharp blow to the campaign of candidate Christine Essel, whose backers brought the lawsuit.
“By filing this lawsuit, the Downtown power brokers proved that they aren?t satisfied just trying to steal this election for Essel ? they want to hide their tracks too. I was very proud to defend the ethics laws that the voters of Los Angeles enacted and have relied upon for nearly a quarter century. Today we won a tremendous victory for transparency when the Federal Court agreed with my arguments and completely rejected the frivolous lawsuit brought by Chris Essel?s special interest supporters to overturn the City?s ethics laws.”
“While Essel claims to be a City Hall reformer, and she presents proposals for strict ethics enforcement, she and her supporters continue to flaunt every reasonable expectation the voters have about campaign funding. Her voracious fundraising has featured visits to the offices of virtually every Downtown lobbyist, and the Ethics Commission is currently investigating an obviously illegal contribution she accepted from a lobbyist. The outrageous amount of money pouring into the Second Council District from so-called independent expenditures by special interests is perhaps unprecedented in City history. But this election will not be bought and paid for by the monied special interests; it will be decided by the voters whose lives will be affected by its outcome for years to come. On December 8, I am confident voters will recognize that Chris Essel represents more of the same business as usual, and I am the only candidate that will fight for the kind of fundamental change that City Hall so desperately needs.”