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In L.A. school board races, outside spending surpasses $2 million [Updated]

March 3, 2011 |  3:32 pm

Luis Outside political action committees continue to dominate the contests over four seats on the Los Angeles Board of Education, spending more than $2 million combined, according to city records.

[Updated at 2:45 p.m.: The candidate attracting the most independent spending is Luis Sanchez, who is running for the one open seat, in District 5, which spans Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Eagle Rock and the southeastern portions of L.A. Unified, including the cities of Huntington Park, Bell and South Gate.

Outside groups have spent more than $727,000 for or against Sanchez. Nearly $500,000 has come in to support Sanchez. The source of this money is fund-raising led by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and, separately, spending by Local 99 of the Service Employees International Union, which represents many non-teaching school district workers. The local teachers union, United Teachers Los Angeles, has spent about $260,000 for a campaign opposing Sanchez. It has also spent more than $127,000 in support of Bennett Kayser, who is running against Sanchez.]

The teachers union also is spending in support of two-term incumbent Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte in District 1. Its independent expenditures on her behalf have reached about $436,000.

Sanchez’s own campaign has raised more than $141,000, a higher total than any other candidate.

Two other mayoral allies also have benefited from independent spending: About $443,000 has been spent on behalf of incumbent Richard Vladovic in District 7 and nearly $374,000 for incumbent Tamar Galatzan in District 3.

[An earlier version of this post incorrectly characterized the amount spent in the Sanchez contest as being all in support of his candidacy. In fact, that total, more than $727,000, also included spending in opposition to Sanchez.]


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