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Eric Garcetti pulls ahead — slightly — in mayoral money race

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Money just keeps rolling in for the 2013 race for mayor of Los Angeles, and it appears hopefuls Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti are staying neck-and-neck when it comes to donations. 

In his quarterly campaign finance report, Garcetti reported $2.87 million – about $71,000 more than Greuel. Councilwoman Jan Perry reported $1.3 million, while attorney Kevin James had $275,000 and former aide to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Emanuel Pleitez, had $110,000.

Those figures are for the period ending Sept. 30. Of course, the question hanging over the race is whether billionaire developer Rick Caruso will run for mayor. Caruso has the power to significantly outspend whatever the declared candidates could raise from donors. (It costs an estimated $1.4 million to do a week’s worth of television ads in Los Angeles.) 

In the bitter race for city attorney, Assemblyman Mike Feuer has $802,000, compared to City Attorney Carmen Trutanich’s $222,000. The assemblyman began raising funds for his race a year ago, while the incumbent started his fundraising at the end of August. (You may remember that Trutanich was campaigning for district attorney up until the June primary.) 

Also in the city attorney’s race are Gregory Smith with $189,000 and Eduardo Angeles with $70,000.

In the race for city controller, Councilman Dennis Zine leads the pack with $606,000. Ron Galperin reported $271,000, and Cary Brazeman has $155,000. 

The primary for the L.A. city races will be next March, with a runoff in May. 

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