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Beutner trails in fundraising for L.A. mayor's race

January 31, 2012 |  4:35 pm

Austin Beutner

Los Angeles mayoral candidate Austin Beutner reported Tuesday that his campaign raised $222,000 in the last six months of 2011, putting him fourth in the 2013 election fundraising derby.

Beutner, who served 15 months as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s “jobs czar,” has amassed $627,000 since he announced his exploratory bid in April. By contrast, City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti have both topped $1 million.

Councilwoman Jan Perry is third with nearly $827,000, while radio host Kevin James has raised roughly $154,000.

More troubling for Beutner is that he had roughly $131,000 in cash on hand. Perry had nearly five times that amount, while Greuel and Garcetti each had more than $900,000 in their accounts. 

The  weak showing came just days after two Beutner consultants, Sean Clegg and Ace Smith, stepped down from the campaign. In a statement released by the campaign, Beutner downplayed the weak financial showing by disparaging the practice of boasting over campaign funds.

“The very ritual of bragging about money raised by politicians from special interests they are supposed to oversee or regulate is one of the reasons why so little changes in our city,” he said.  “I’m building a campaign built on ideas – ideas to create jobs, ideas to fix problems and the independence needed to get things done.” 

On Friday, Clegg and Smith said they left because they had strategic differences with their client. Beutner described the split as “mutual.”


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 Photo: Los Angeles mayoral candidate Austin Beutner Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times