China’s Wanda Group Accused of Funneling Foreign Money into Beverly Hills Ballot Measure

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An increasingly tense dispute between two developers is roiling plans on a prime parcel of land adjoining Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards in Beverly Hills. (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times)

Reprinted from The Los Angeles Times by David Pierson on September 22, 2016.

A labor union representing hotel workers filed a complaint Thursday calling on state and federal election officials to investigate the potential illegal use of foreign money in a heated Beverly Hills ballot measure that has pitted the owner of the Beverly Hilton against a builder controlled by the richest man in China.

Unite Here Local 11, the Southern California chapter of a labor union that represents 270,000 workers across North America, accuses China’s Wanda Group of funneling cash to a campaign committee established by one of its U.S. subsidiaries to oppose an initiative in the November election.

The ballot measure would allow real estate investor Beny Alagem, owner of the landmark and union-friendly Beverly Hilton, to bypass the usual public review to build a 26-story high-rise that would be the tallest building in a city averse to big developments. …

The Los Angeles Times 9/22

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