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Federal investigators focus on small campaign donations to L.A. Councilwoman Nury Martinez

Federal investigators focus on small campaign donations to L.A. Councilwoman Nury Martinez

Federal investigators looking into Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez's 2015 reelection bid have turned their attention to contributors who gave some of the smallest donations of her campaign.

Campaign-finance probes at City Hall have historically centered on large contributions, the kind that illegally exceed spending limits. But this time around, federal investigators have been focusing on donations listed in Martinez's contribution filings of just $5 and $10.

Those types of small donations were important to Martinez's campaign, helping her to qualify for a much larger pool of "matching funds" — taxpayer money provided to candidates who...

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