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Eric Garcetti collects another million for mayor's race (updated)

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Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti raised more than a $1 million in six months for his mayoral run.

In a six-month period, Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti pulled in $1.145 million for his mayoral run, according to his campaign.

The Garcetti camp released its latest fundraising figures in advance of the Ethics Commission’s July 31 deadline. With the money he received between Jan. 1 and June 30, Garcetti now has a total of $2.2 million for the 2013 race.

That haul includes $100 from Walmart’s director of community affairs, despite Garcetti’s pledge not to take any money from the retailer. The promise was made as the Los Angeles City Council sought to block a neighborhood Walmart from opening in the Chinatown area. 

The donation came from an individual and was given before Garcetti made his pledge, said Bill Carrick of the Garcetti campaign, adding that the donation would not be returned.  

The campaign did, however, return donations from individuals and companies that have business pending before the city. These included donations from Frank Quintero of Ron Burkle’s The Yucaipa Companies and the wife and son of Philip Aarons, who is behind the Millennium Project in Hollywood.

Boldface names who donated to Garcetti’s campaigin include actresses Salma Hayek and Jamie Lee Curtis, actor Jake Gyllenhall, environmentalist Laurie David, artist Shepher Fairey, and former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton John Podesta, according to the report filed with the Ethics Commission.

Billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad is listed as a donor, though he has also given money to Wendy Greuel, Jan Perry and former candidate Austin Beutner.

Councilwoman Jan Perry also released the latest figures on her mayoral race in advance of next week's deadline. During the same six-month period, Perry raised $327,000. Her campaign says that will qualify her for $175,000 in matching funds. This brings Perry’s total to $1.16 million, not including any matching funds she may receive.

A source close to the Wendy Greuel mayoral campaign said her numbers would be very competitive with those of Garcetti. The last fundraising report had the controller at $1.1 million.  

Finance reports for candidates running for mayor, city attorney, controller and city council will be posted next Tuesday.

This post has been updated.

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