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Ethics Commission: Wendy Greuel reports more than $500K in campaign debt (updated)

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The race for mayor ended more than two months ago, but only now are Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel revealing the true cost of running for the top job in America's second largest city. 

Documents filed with the Ethics Commission show Greuel finished the primary and runoff campaigns with $680,000 in debt. Her consultant, John Shallman, is owed more than $132,000, while another $203,000 is owed to Patricia Duchene for printing campaign materials. A $100,000 loan that Greuel gave her own campaign was forgiven. 

Since the May 21 runoff, Greuel has maintained a low-profile, though she told KPCC last month she is considering runs for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors or state Controller's Office. Greuel was most recently City Controller for Los Angeles and she's also a former city council member.

"The advice I’ve gotten from so many people is don’t jump too quickly into whatever you’re going to do next," she said at the time. 

Paperwork with the Ethics Commission also showed Garcetti finished his runoff campaign with $38,000 in debt. Most of that is due to legal fees owed to the Kaufman Legal Group. He had another $57,000 in debt from the primary. Garcetti was sworn into office July 1. 

This post has been updated.

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