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L.A. Councilwoman Perry behind Garcetti in election fundraising

July 25, 2012 |  1:30 pm

City Councilwoman Jan Perry behind Garcetti in fundraising

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry trailed behind one of her opponents in fundraising for the March mayoral election, raising less than half the amount brought in by Councilman Eric Garcetti during the same period.

Perry, who is seeking to replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa next year, took in $500,000 during the six-month period ending June 30, according to her campaign spokesman, Eric Hacopian. Garcetti took in $1.14 million over the same time span.

Villaraigosa is scheduled to leave office next year because of term limits. Garcetti, who lives in Silver Lake, has raised $2.2 million since he entered the race -- nearly twice as much as Perry and during a shorter period of time.

Despite the weaker showing, Hacopian said the fundraising results, and Perry's 1,500 individual donors,  showed "the power of grass-roots activism" supporting her campaign.

Perry spent much of the last six months fighting a redistricting plan that took much of downtown -- a lucrative source of campaign contributions -- out of her district. Villaraigosa and all but one of her colleagues on the council backed that plan.

As she tried unsuccessfully to block passage of the new boundaries, Perry complained that she had received little support from key allies in downtown's business community. She lives downtown.

Two other mayoral contenders, City Controller Wendy Greuel and former prosecutor Kevin James, have not yet revealed their fundraising results.


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Photo: Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry speaks during an interview in May. Credit: Patrick Fallon / Bloomberg