Mayor Rahm Emanuel isn’t the only elected official in Chicago to work around a rule in the city’s ethics ordinance that bars elected officials from soliciting more than $1,500 from people or entities that do business with the city. Ald. Sophia King’s (4) reported fundraising activity for February indicates at least five separate donations from LLCs tied to one Chicago development firm that obtained zoning approval from the city in the last year.

While the mayor might’ve benefitted the most from the workaround, The Daily Line’s regular review of monthly campaign contributions for city and county elected officials shows several similar cases of this practice: multiple attorneys from the same firm who do regular business before the city will donate to a campaign in a single month, developers with pending zoning projects will donate to the same alderman under different LLCs registered under the same address, or spouses will each donate the maximum amount allowed by an individual, doubling the candidate’s take.

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