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L.A. mayor candidates Greuel, Garcetti nearly even in fundraising

February 21, 2013 |  4:55 pm

Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel at a mayoral debate at Cal State Los Angeles on Monday. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times

Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti remained locked in a tight fundraising battle, with the two frontrunners in Los Angeles' mayoral contest each raising a little less than $500,000 in recent weeks, according to their campaigns. The candidates must file disclosure reports with the City Ethics Commission on Thursday.

City Controller Greuel, who raised $473,582 from Jan. 20 to Feb. 16, had a slight edge with nearly $1.7 million cash on hand. City Councilman Garcetti raised $452,819 and has $1.5 million cash on hand.

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But Greuel has a steep advantage in outside efforts on her behalf. Of the $1.7 million spent by independent committees, more than $1.2 million has been spent to boost her bid, largely by labor.

Kevin James, the sole Republican in the race, has been the beneficiary of nearly $500,000 in outside spending. Updated fundraising figures for James, Councilwoman Jan Perry and fellow candidate Emanuel Pleitez were not available by late afternoon Thursday.

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Photo:  Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel at a mayoral debate at Cal State Los Angeles on Monday. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times

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