More than $557,000 raised in L.A. City Council race
Candidates in the special election to replace former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn have received more than $557,000 in campaign donations, according to fundraising reports filed this week. Independent groups have already spent more than $156,000 on the Nov. 8 race.
Eleven people are vying for the 15th Council District seat, which takes in San Pedro, Wilmington, Harbor Gateway and Watts. State Assemblyman Warren Furutani (D-Gardena) has raised more than anyone -- $132,576 –- a large portion of it from labor unions and his colleagues in the state Legislature.
Candidate Joe Buscaino, a Los Angeles Police Department officer, came in second in fundraising, with $103,063. Both Furutani and Buscaino have accepted $100,000 in matching funds from the city.
Los Angeles Fire Department firefighter Pat McOsker reported $91,004 in campaign donations, including several thousand dollars in contributions from firefighter unions across the state and country. His campaign has also benefited from $146, 566 in spending by an independent group, Working Californians to Support McOsker for City Council 2011, which consists of several labor unions, including the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers locals 11 and 18.
McOsker, who until August was president of the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, has also received $85,212 in matching funds from the city.
Jayme Wilson, a San Pedro businessman who is part owner of the popular Ports O'Call restaurant, has raised $90,000, including $55,000 in personal loans.
The next highest fundraiser was Rudy Svorinich, who served two terms as councilman in the 15th Council District and who has raised $57,660. Svorinich has accepted $66,480 in matching funds.
-- Kate Linthicum