A California mayor who failed to report his donation of $11,000 (GBP6,100) to rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight's Death Row Records has been ordered to pay a fine of the same amount.

The state's FAIR POLITICAL PRACTICES COMMISSION, which reached an agreement with Compton Mayor ERIC PERRODIN last month (JUL04) to settle the case, called it a "serious violation" of the law.

The findings have drawn questions among officials at the Los Angeles district attorney's office where Perrodin has worked for the past 10 years. He handled part of a 2001 weapons violation case against Death Row artists NATE DOGG - about the same time he received the unreported contributions of $3,500 (GBP1,950) and $7,500 (GBP4,150) from the record company.

JANE ROBISON, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office, says, "We're going to pull the file and look at them. Even an appearance of a conflict of interest would violate our policies."

Perrodin blames an inexperienced campaign committee for failing to disclose the contributions and denies a connection between the cash and his involvement in the case against Nate Dogg.

Perrodin accused Nate Dogg, real name NATHANIEL HALE, of kidnapping his girlfriend, threatening her with a gun and then setting fire to a car. Perrodin had been transferred off the case by the time Hale entered his plea.

04/08/2004 09:28