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Lacey outpaces Jackson in fundraising for D.A.'s race

October 10, 2012 |  4:27 pm

Jackie Lacey

Campaign finance statements released this week show Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey pulling ahead of prosecutor Alan Jackson in fundraising in their race for Los Angeles County district attorney.

Lacey raised $564,882 between July 1 and Sept. 30, compared to Jackson's $179,530, bringing their year-to-date totals to $967,128 and $758,547 respectively. Each candidate has raised more than $1 million over the duration of the race.

The latest fundraising numbers showed a reversal from the last filing period, which encompassed the weeks before and after the June primary in which Jackson and Lacey beat out a field of candidates including presumed frontrunner Carmen Trutanich, L.A.'s city attorney. During that period, which ran from May 20 to June 30, Jackson's campaign brought in $386,267 compared to Lacey's $70,875.

Lacey's consultant, Parke Skelton, said that the campaign had made some changes in the fundraising team after June and that Lacey had attended multiple fundraising events.

"Jackie just worked really, really hard. It was an intensive effort on her part. She has an extremely broad base of bipartisan support,” Skelton said.

John Thomas, Jackson's campaign consultant, dismissed the suggestion that his candidate had fallen behind, saying that the candidates were "neck and neck" in fundraising since the primary and that Jackson had brought in another $150,000 in the week after the campaign filing period.

"We plan to have all the resources we need to execute the complete campaign plan," he said.

Jackson's campaign plans to focus its resources on television ads in the runup to the election. Thomas declined to say how much the campaign plans to spend on television, but said it plans to run ads for three weeks.

Lacey's campaign has focused its spending on slate mailers, a strategy that Skelton said it plans to continue.

"No TV -- no one can afford it," he said, citing Trutanich's failed primary campaign, which invested heavily in television, leaving his reelection campaign for Los Angeles city attorney bogged down by debts from his run for district attorney.


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Photo: Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey in June. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times