The California Fair Political Practices Commission confirmed it is investigating allegations that Assemblyman David Hadley illegally coordinated with an independent expenditure committee supporting him.
In a letter to the Hadley campaign, the FPPC said it has "not made any determination about the allegations" made in a complaint filed three weeks ago, but that a "full investigation" has been opened.
Hadley's opponent, Democrat Al Muratsuchi, filed the complaint, which alleged that Hadley consultant Steven Presson was also being paid by Spirit of Democracy, a political committee funded largely by Republican donor Charles Munger Jr.
As drones multiply in number and category, cities and states want to set boundaries. But pushback to statewide regulations is coming from the lobbying efforts of a budding industry that hopes to influence policy at the state Capitol and nationwide.
Drone manufacturers and associations this legislative session boosted their politicking, successfully beating back several bills they said would create a patchwork of laws that vary by state and hinder innovation.
DJI Technology Co. and GoPro, a body-wearable camera maker working on its own drone, doled out more than $125,000 for the first time to hire lobbying firms. And even Google and Amazon have added the unmanned machines to their lobbying priorities.
A handful of big developments could mark the Los Angeles skyline years sooner than planned if state lawmakers pass a bill intended to cut down on lawsuits against mega-projects in California.
The developments, including a $1-billion skyscraper at Crossroads of the World in Hollywood, would likely qualify to shorten lawsuits under the California Environmental Quality Act to no longer than nine months.
The perk, proponents say, would shave years off development timelines. But critics are upset that only large projects would get a special benefit.