A luxury Santa Monica hotel has agreed to pay a $310,000 fine from California’s campaign watchdog for illegally funneling money to city council candidates in hopes of preserving the property’s Pacific Ocean views.
The California Fair Political Practices Commission says it’s the second largest fine in the agency’s history.
The Huntley Hotel gave nearly $100,000 in contributions in the names of other entities to four candidates for Santa Monica City Council that it believed would oppose the expansion of a neighboring hotel, according to the FPPC. The hotel and FPPC staff agreed to the penalty, but the five-member commission will meet Aug. 17 to consider it.
The case against the Huntley stems from a war with the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows on Wilshire Boulevard.
In 2012, the Miramar was working to secure the city’s approval for a massive expansion that called for the construction of a 21-story high rise. The Huntley, which sits behind…
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