Start with the goose, aka Ticketgate:
Villaraigosa accepted over $100,000 worth of "gifts" illegally from companies that receive subsidies and tax breaks from the City. He gets caught. He pleads guilty, and a $42,000 fine is imposed. He then starts asking for contributions from others to pay the fines. Net impact on Villaraigosa for breaking the ethics laws: zero.
No indictment, no jail time, no further investigation to see what quid Villaraigosa gave for the quo. No nothin'. Just "have a nice day."
Now turn to the gander:
The District Attorney has indicted a 62-year-old real estate developer named Alexander Hugh for reimbursing employees who contributed to Villaraigosa's campaign, in the amount of about $26,000.