The Huntley Hotel, which has advocated against a major renovation and expansion of the neighboring Fairmont-Miramar Hotel, funneled money into a political group that also opposed the project, according to the Santa Monica LookOut.
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The online news outlet looked at new documents that show the Huntley contributed $20,000 to Santa Monicans for Responsible Growth during the 2012 City Council elections.
Santa Monica for Responsible Growth is a political action committee that formed last year to support so-called "slow growth" development candidates, including Ted Winterer, who was elected.
According to the LookOut:
Ivan Perkins, one of SMRG's founding members, told The Lookout last summer that Susan Burnside, a political consultant working for the Huntley, had been active in introducing members of the group to one another.
"I'm happy to work with whomever I may be aligned with," Perkins told The Lookout in August, adding that the reasons the Huntley opposes the Miramar redevelopment project may be different than SMRG's own.
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