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Trutanich sues campaign consultant in failed D.A. bid

September 28, 2012 | 12:12 pm

Carmen Trutanich
Los Angeles City. Atty. Carmen Trutanich has sued the campaign consultant who worked on his unsuccessful bid for district attorney, saying he had failed to explain tens of thousands of dollars in expenses billed in the wake of that campaign.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Trutanich's campaign committee said consultant John Shallman had "engaged in a pattern and practice of mismanaging campaign funds, submitting large unpaid invoices after the campaign is concluded and failing to provide adequate documentation to substantiate expenditures."

"Although defendants have claimed after the fact that they have incurred another $150,000 in out-of-pocket costs, they have failed to substantiate multiple expenses with accessible documents," the lawsuit states.

Shallman and the city attorney split professionally last summer after Trutanich came in third in the June primary contest for district attorney, despite outspending his opponents. Two months ago, Trutanich found himself with $112,000 in unpaid bills, all of it owed to Shallman.

Trutanich is now running for reelection and Shallman is handling the campaign of his opponent, Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles).

A Shallman Communications staffer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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Photo: Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen A. Trutanich in February. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times