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Is there money trouble in Wendy Greuel's campaign? (updated)

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Los Angeles Mayor race 2013With less than two weeks until the election, there are signs that the Wendy Greuel campaign may be having financial woes. 

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday the campaign canceled its television ad buys for two days — an unusual step for a mayoral campaign so close to the runoff. Over the weekend, Greuel personally gave her campaign $100,000. 

The latest campaign finance reports will be filed with the Ethics Commission Thursday. Up until the last report, Greuel and Eric Garcetti have remained neck-and-neck in the race to raise money. As of April 6, Greuel had raised $4.5 million in the general election. The Garcetti campaign raised $4.4 million during the same time. However, the Greuel campaign has spent money faster than her opponent, at one point releasing three television commercials in one week. 

There was no immediate comment from the Greuel campaign, but her chief strategist, John Shallman, told the Times, "We’re 100 percent confident we’re going to have the resources necessary to win the race."

Even though the campaign is pulling its ads, Greuel can still be seen on television. Working Californians, a political action committee primarily supported by the Department of Water and Power's union, is running a TV spot that highlights former President Bill Clinton's support for Greuel. (The group received $100,000 from United Firefighters of Los Angeles City this week and $50,000 from actress Kate Capshaw. She's married to Steven Spielberg, a principal in Dreamworks, where Greuel once worked.))

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which represents rank-and-file cops, donated $850,000 to its PAC supporting Greuel. And, the Service Employees International Union is expected to released its own ad for Greuel Thursday. 

The runoff is on May 21. 

Update: The Wendy Greuel campaign announced Wednesday afternoon it would release a new television ad Thursday. This one criticizes Eric Garcetti for accepting campaign donations from a developer who went to prison 15 years ago for financial crimes. 

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