Two L.A. mayoral candidates surpass $1-million mark in fundraising
City Controller Wendy Greuel has so far raised $1.1 million for her 2013 mayoral bid, narrowly outpacing Councilman Eric Garcetti, who recorded $1,062,815.
Councilwoman Jan Perry, meanwhile, has raised $826,930.
Tuesday is the deadline for candidates for mayor, city attorney, city controller and eight City Council seats to submit public reports showing their contributions from July 1 and Dec. 31.
Mayoral candidate Austin Beutner, a former aide to termed-out Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, has yet to file his campaign financial statement. Another mayoral candidate, radio host Kevin James, has reported raising more than $154,000.
“While money isn’t everything in a campaign, it sure is an early indicator of support, momentum and energy behind a candidate,” said John Shallman, lead strategist for Greuel.
In the latest filing period, between July 1 and Dec. 31, Greuel reported raising $588,126. Perry reported raising $370,518.
Eric Hacopian, a consultant to Perry, said she has seen success in raising funds because she is the only reformer running for mayor.
“Jan has always fought for what she believes in, calls it as she sees it and is tough enough to take on the old boys’ network at City Hall,” he said in a statement.
Garcetti’s campaign noted that his funds come from only four months of campaigning while some of his opponents had a few months' jump on fundraising.
“I'm humbled that so many people from across Los Angeles are stepping forward to join my campaign to fix our economy and reform City Hall," Garcetti said in a statement. "The diversity and dynamism of our supporters reflects our great city."
-- Stephen Ceasar at Los Angeles City Hall
Photo: City Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: L.A. Times