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Wendy Greuel takes lead in L.A. mayoral fundraising derby [Updated]

August 1, 2011 |  1:35 pm

City Controller Wendy Greuel on July 27.

Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel leads the pack in the fundraising for the 2013 mayoral race, coming out ahead of Councilwoman Jan Perry, former mayoral aide Austin Beutner and radio host Kevin James, according to reports filed Monday.

Greuel’s contribution statements, which covered the period ending June 30, showed that she had raised more than $518,000. In a statement, she talked up her sizable haul, saying it shows people want someone who can bring “needed reforms to City Hall.”

“From the first day that I opened a committee to raise money for mayor, there has been such a tremendous outpouring of support all across the city, and that response has led to this strong fundraising showing,” Greuel said in the statement.

Councilwoman Jan Perry came in second, reporting more than $456,000 collected for her mayoral bid. She had $419,000 in cash on hand, while Greuel had more than $475,000. Perry consultant Eric Hacopian said the councilwoman’s reports showed that his candidate had the resources to run an “aggressive campaign.”

Sean Clegg, campaign consultant to Beutner, said his candidate performed more strongly than Greuel and Perry because his money -- $405,000 -- was raised over a shorter period of time. “In the early running, Austin Beutner is clearly setting the pace in the race,” Clegg said.

When Beutner submitted his reports last week he showed money from a number of people aligned with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is in his final four-year term. Beutner spent 15 months as Villaraigosa’s “jobs czar,” overseeing  such agencies as the Department of Water and Power, the Department of Building and Safety and the housing department.

But Greuel has shown her own considerable mayoral ties. She received $1,000 from Ari Swiller, who has been a close friend, campaign fundraiser and advisor to Villaraigosa. Swiller’s wife, Martha, who has been a Villaraigosa appointee, also gave $1,000. Charles Stringer, Swiller’s colleague at Renewable Resources Group, gave $100.

Richard Katz, a high-level transit advisor to Villaraigosa, gave Greuel $1,000. Another $1,000 came from Jonathan Parfrey, one of Villaraigosa’s appointees to the five-member DWP board.

Greuel's contributions also came from a handful of special interests, including $2,300 from employees of Loeb & Loeb, a law firm that lobbies on behalf of such companies as Casden Properties and Brookfield Renewable Power. She received $2,000 from Peter Lowy, an executive at the shopping mall company Westfield, and his wife. That company has had business before the city in the San Fernando Valley and in Century City.

[Updated at 4:40 p.m. Aug. 1: A significant share of Perry’s contributions came from real estate interests doing business in and around her district, which stretches from downtown to South Los Angeles.

She received at least $4,000 from executives with Thomas Properties Group, which is working on the planned Wilshire Grand Hotel –- a project approved by the council earlier this year with heavy support from Perry.

Perry and her colleagues voted in March to provide the project with up to $249 million in subsidies. She also received at least $2,000 from employees of AC Martin, the architectural firm that is part of the Wilshire Grand team.

Another $4,000 came from employees of Gensler, the architectural firm designing the proposed $1.2 billion NFL stadium planned in Perry’s district. Meanwhile, $2,000 came from billionaire philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. Perry endorsed the redevelopment agency’s decision this year to spend up to $52 million on parking and other public facilities around the planned Broad museum on Grand Avenue.]


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-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall

Photo: City Controller Wendy Greuel on July 27. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times