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Wealthy donors help Villaraigosa pay ethics fines

August 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is paying his fines for state ethics violations with a little help from his friends.

The mayor was fined more than $40,000 for failing to report getting free tickets to events such as the Oscars and Los Angeles Lakers games.

Filings released Tuesday show more than 50 wealthy donors have come forward to help the mayor pay the fines.

They include billionaire media mogul Haim Saban and film director Rob Reiner.