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LA District Attorney tapes radio ad in support of Jim McDonnell for sheriff

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L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey's voice is coming to a radio near you in support of Jim McDonnell for sheriff. 

McDonnell is the Long Beach police chief who hopes to be the next sheriff, following the retirement of Lee Baca and the appointment of interim Sheriff John L. Scott. McDonnell, one of seven candidates on the June 3 ballot, has many prominent endorsements and the backing of the L.A. Times. 

The radio ad is not a product of the McDonnell campaign. Rather, it was produced by the independent expenditure committee Friends of McDonnell for Sheriff 2014. Such committees can raise unlimited amounts of money as long as they don't coordinate spending or strategy with the candidate's campaign. The McDonnell independent committee is chaired by Alan Skobin, a former Los Angeles city police and fire commissioner.  

The 60-second spot is expected to begin airing Tuesday.

Related: Read and listen to all of KPCC's coverage of the sheriff's race

Media presence has been relatively scarce for the countywide race. Candidate James Hellmold, currently an assistant sheriff, has concentrated his efforts on fliers stuffed into home deliveries of the Los Angeles Times.

Independent committees are also raising money on behalf of candidates Todd Rogers and Paul Tanaka. 

There have been many public debates among the candidates and they continue this week: Tuesday at Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch and Wednesday at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks

In the most recent campaign finance filing from March, McDonnell led his opponents with $307,000 in contributions. The independent expenditure campaign has received about $101,000 in donations, including $50,000 from Janet Crown, owner of the fitness boutique Burn 60 and a member of the wealthy Crown family of Chicago. 


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