The United States Attorney's office in Los Angeles is investigating a $100,000 donation from a campaign fund controlled by Mark Ridley-Thomas.
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas gave $100,000 from one of his political committees to the University of Southern California in 2018. Also in 2018, Ridley-Thomas' son Sebastian was hired by USC as a professor and given a scholarship for graduate school at USC.
"The university, which sits in his father’s district, hired him as a professor of social work and public policy. USC also gave Ridley-Thomas, who lacked a graduate degree, a scholarship to pursue a master’s in social work, according to sources familiar with the matter.
The unusual arrangement has come under scrutiny in recent weeks as the scandal-plagued university attempts to adopt more transparency in its affairs. Administrators launched an investigation and Ridley-Thomas was fired last month, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly.
After the internal probe, USC approached the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles. The university told federal prosecutors it had concerns about a recent $100,000 donation from a campaign fund controlled by Mark Ridley-Thomas."
- Los Angeles Times
Donation from prominent L.A. politician roils USC, which referred case to federal prosecutors
By MATT HAMILTON, HARRIET RYAN
August 1, 2018
“The lawsuit followed a string of significant shocking, embarrassing and even criminal revelations involving USC during the last few years, including…The disclosure that the university hired disgraced former Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas to work as a professor following a six-figure donation from his father, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. The assemblyman had resigned from his job as a state lawmaker following allegations of sexual harassment that were later justified.”
- KCET SoCal Connected
USC Faculty Pushes for Independent Investigation into Allegations of Shadow and Dirt Files on Colleagues
By Larry Altman
August 14, 2020
Here is the link to Mark Ridley-Thomas' Committee for a Better LA's campaign finance report for January 1, 2018 - June 30, 2018. On page 46, the $100,000 donation is listed:
Paid for by Grace Yoo for City Council 2020 General
4045 Wilshire Blvd. Suite A, L.A., CA 90010
Additional information is available at ethics.lacity.org