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PAC releases TV spot highlighting Bill Clinton's support for Wendy Greuel

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Former president Bill Clinton's recent appearance in L.A. on behalf of mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel has made its way into a TV commercial.

Just two weeks ago, former President Bill Clinton swept through town to support Wendy Greuel's mayoral campaign — and now that appearance has made its way into a television commercial. 

The political action committee Working Californians released the 30-second spot Wednesday. It shows Clinton speaking to Greuel supporters at Langer's Deli. 

"You want somebody who hit it out of the park every time she had a job by getting something done that changed somebody else's life. That's what I think of Wendy. I have seen her get things done," Clinton says in the commercial. 

A recent poll from USC and the Los Angeles Times found 53.7 percent of respondents would be more likely to vote for a mayoral candidate endorsed by Clinton. 

"Our poll shows that Clinton's endorsement has a tremendous impact for Greuel,"  said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC. "She and her allies are obviously smart enough to know that highlighting his support in any and every way possible is critical."

Working Californians is an independent group funded by members of the entertainment industry and IBEW Local 18, which represents employees with the Department of Water and Power. The PAC has spent more than $2 million supporting Greuel. 

Independent PACs are prohibited from coordinating with a candidate's campaign, which raises the question of how Working Californians gained access to the tightly-controlled event with Greuel and Clinton.

"After word got out about the time and location for the event, we couldn't police which cameras ended up getting into the event," said Greuel spokesman David Jacobson. "The fact of the matter is that we didn't know of any independent campaign present at the event and furthermore we don't comment on what independent campaigns do or say."

The ad's release came the same day former L.A. City Councilman Mike Woo endorsed Greuel. Woo is the only Asian-American ever to serve on the Los Angeles City Council. Woo's former district is now represented by Greuel's opponent, Eric Garcetti. 

"Wendy has always been a dependable supporter of our community and as mayor she will bring all sides together and get things done," Woo said. 

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