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Mayoral donations pour in from outside Los Angeles and out-of-state (updated)

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A new report finds 42 percent of donations to Los Angeles' top four mayoral candidates came from outside the city limits.

More than 40 percent of the contributions to Los Angeles’ top four mayoral candidates have come from outside the city limits and is money that would not be eligible for the city’s matching funds under a proposal being considered by the Ethics Commission.

A report from Common Cause concluded that 42 percent of the donations received by City Controller Wendy Greuel, council members Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry, and attorney Kevin James were from individuals living outside of Los Angeles. Nine percent came from donors outside California.

In June, the Ethics Commission agreed to a proposal that would only provide matching funds for donations made by Angelenos living within the city limits. The rule, which requires approval from the Los Angeles City Council, would not take effect until the 2015 primary.

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Wendy Greuel, Eric Garcetti tie up the money race for mayor

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Candidates running to be Los Angeles' next mayor, in order from left to right: Wendy Greuel, Kevin James, Jan Perry and Eric Garcetti. Campaign finance reports show Greuel and Garcetti are neck and neck in the money race.

Mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel are neck-and-neck in the race to raise funds for their 2013 campaigns, with just $322 separating the two leading candidates.

The latest fundraising report filed with the Ethics Commission shows Greuel, the city’s controller, with $2.2 million. That means from Jan. 1 to June 30, she doubled her campaign warchest. Garcetti, the former council president, also has $2.2 million--plus that additional $322.

“These rock-solid fundraising numbers show that Wendy Greuel has continued to attract an extensive and vibrant audience of supporters throughout the city," said John Shallman, chief strategist to the campaign. "It also demonstrates that she’s amassed substantial resources very early on in the race to be L.A.’s next mayor.” 

Also running for mayor is Councilwoman Jan Perry. She now has $1.1 million, having raised $327,000 in the past six month. Attorney and former talk radio host Kevin James reported a total of $222,145 in his campaign finance report.

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