L.A. mayor fundraising has Garcetti, Greuel in virtual dead heat
Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel find themselves neck-and-neck in the money chase for next year's mayoral campaign, according to fundraising records filed with the city's Ethics Commission on Tuesday.
Each candidate has raised more than $2.2 million over the course of the campaign, with Garcetti a mere $322.31 ahead of Greuel.
In the six-month fundraising period that concluded June 30, Greuel, a former councilwoman, collected $1.1 million in donations, slightly less than Garcetti during the same stretch of time.
The candidates are seeking to replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who must step down next summer because of term limits. Also in the race are City Councilwoman Jan Perry and former federal prosecutor Kevin James.
Perry has raised half as much as Garcetti and Greuel. James has raised one-tenth of that amount.
The mayoral candidates received a big boost during the last fundraising period, with the Ethics Commission issuing new rules allowing candidates to raise $1,300 from each donor, up from $1,000. That allowed each mayoral contender to go back to contributors who already had reached their limits and ask for more.
-- Kate Linthicum and David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall
Photo: Los Angeles mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti, shown in 2006 when they were colleagues on the City Council, are locked in a virtual fundraising dead heat. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times