LA's Mayor raises millions through a little-known process

Since his election in 2013, Mayor Eric Garcetti has used a little-known process to raise millions. KPCC combed through public records, which show some of the contributors do business with the city.

"Behested payments" is a pretty intimidating term. My objective in creating the look of the graphics was to make this term easy to understand.

Image: Getty Images. Data: Los Angeles City Ethics Commission & California Fair Political Practices Commission.

To make these graphics more approachable, I used bright colors like our gold accent color and white type. But this is a also serious investigative story, so I balanced the gold with a darker tone – our deep blue.

Image: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images. Data: Los Angeles City Ethics Commission & Los Angeles City Clerk.

Iconography proved to be a difficult for this story (what does an icon representing a company versus a charity look like?). But wire images were abundant for this topic.

Verizon made a $100,000 donation to the Mayor's Fund a little over a month after the City Council voted to approve a contract for voice and data services with the company worth up to $15 million. Data: Los Angeles City Ethics Commission & Los Angeles City Clerk.