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Eric Garcetti collects $2.2 million for L.A. mayoral bid

July 25, 2012 | 10:38 am

Eric Garcetti raises $2.2 million for mayoral bid
Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday he has raised $2.2 million so far for his mayoral campaign, saying the total signals his candidacy has “citywide momentum.”

Garcetti, who is running to replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the March municipal election, said he took in $1.14 million during the six-month fundraising period that ended June 30.

He is running against a handful of candidates, including City Controller Wendy Greuel, Councilwoman Jan Perry and radio host Kevin James, who have not yet indicated their fundraising totals.

“I am excited to see so many people rallying around our campaign to leverage new ideas and practical solutions to make L.A. great again,” Garcetti said.

Fundraising reports are due to the city’s Ethics Commission by July 31. Villaraigosa will be forced out by term limits next year.


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Photo: City Councilman Eric Garcetti, left, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at a news conference last October. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times