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Greuel, Garcetti neck and neck in campaign fundraising

October 10, 2012 |  6:17 pm

Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti has raised $2.87 million for his 2013 mayoral bid since launching it last year, edging ahead of City Controller Wendy Greuel in the search for funds by nearly $72,000, according to figures released by the two campaigns.

Greuel, who has been running since March 2011, has taken in $2.8 million so far. Garcetti raised $664,000 during the three-month period that ended Sept. 30, compared to $592,000 collected by Greuel.

That three-month period marks the second time that Garcetti has narrowly outpaced Greuel in fundraising. When the two candidates reported their numbers three months ago, they were separated by only $322.

“We’re not tied. We’re ahead. Obviously it’s not by some huge margin, but we’re definitely continuing to be in a growth pattern here,” said Garcetti consultant Bill Carrick. “Obviously we’re very happy that we’re raising more money than other people in the race.”

By comparison, Councilwoman Jan Perry reported that she has taken in $1.3 million since the start of her own campaign and more than $150,000 over the last three months.

Perry said she was not worried about her total, which remains less than half the amount that Greuel and Garcetti each have raised.

“I will continue to raise money till election day,” she said. “And I will have enough money to run my race in a competitive manner.”

Former prosecutor Kevin James has raised $275,090 since he launched his bid. A fifth candidate, tech company executive Emanuel Pleitez, reported that he has raised slightly more than $110,000 since joining the race in July.


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