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Judge rejects restraining order on Feuer's campaign funds

A judge Friday denied an activist's request for a temporary restraining order that would have prevented Mike Feuer, right, from using his campaign funds.

A Los Angeles judge denied a request Friday for a temporary restraining order that would have prevented city attorney candidate Mike Feuer from spending his campaign funds. 

The request came from community activist Laura Lake, who claimed Feuer obtained matching funds from the City of Los Angeles even though he surpassed the spending cap. Candidates who receive matching funds cannot spend more than $1.25 million in the first round.

Documents filed with the Ethics Commission first listed Feuer's expenses as $1.26 million but, the campaign got some money back and that brought expenses to $1.24 million. The Feuer campaign received $650,000 in matching funds for the primary and general elections.

A spokesman for Feuer referred to the case as "frivolous."

"This is a bogus, politically motivated lawsuit, and this has been made clear to the court," said Dave Jacobson. 

An attorney for Lake was not immediately available to comment on the morning hearing. 

Feuer is running against incumbent City Attorney Carmen Trutanich. An ABC7/ Survey USA poll released Friday found Feuer at 46 percent to Trutanich's 40 percent among likely voters. The poll has a margin of error of 4 percent. 

The runoff is May 21. 

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