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L.A. mayoral candidates Garcetti, Greuel locked in fundraising battle

January 10, 2013 |  6:37 pm

From left, Jan Perry, Kevin James and Wendy Greuel listen to Eric Garcetti speak at a mayoral candidate debate in Hollywood in September. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

The top contenders in the race to become Los Angeles’ next mayor are locked in a tight fundraising battle, with both reporting Thursday that they have collected more than $4 million in contributions and city matching funds.

City Councilman Eric Garcetti raised $727,503 in the fourth quarter of 2012, and City Controller Wendy Greuel raised $672,230 in the same time period.

With less than two months to go before the March 5 election, Garcetti has nearly $3.6 million in cash on hand, or about $324,000 more than Greuel.

Councilwoman Jan Perry came in a distant third, having raised a total of about $2 million, with $1.3 million in cash on hand.

The sole Republican among the top contenders has not yet reported his fundraising, though an independent committee backing Kevin James’ candidacy reported raising $200,000.

A fifth candidate, Emanuel Pleitez, qualified for city matching funds, according to his campaign, which reported that he raised a total of $212,954.

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Photo: From left, Jan Perry, Kevin James and Wendy Greuel listen to Eric Garcetti speak at a mayoral candidate debate in Hollywood in September. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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