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Eric Garcetti pulls ahead in money race for Los Angeles' mayor (updated)

Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti

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LA Mayoral candidates Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti each expect to clear the $4 million mark in campaign fundraising, based on their most recent financial reports.

Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti pulled ahead in the money race for mayor Thursday, raising more than $727,000 over a three-month period. 

This latest haul brings Garcetti’s total campaign war chest to $3.6 million. With the matching funds he is entitled to receive, he has amassed $4.2 million for the contest.

“Eric has built a strong campaign with an agenda to solve problems for L.A. residents," said Bill Carrick, a Garcetti campaign consultant. "This will be one of the most expensive races in L.A. history, so we must keep raising money and getting out the vote every day until Election Day – and we will”

Controller Wendy Greuel raised close to that amount, with a total of $3.4 million. With matching funds, Greuel has also crossed the $4 million threshold. During the previous reporting period that ended Sept. 31, Garcetti and Greuel each had $2.8 million.

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Garcetti, Greuel get most show biz donations in mayor's race

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Steven Spielberg is supporting the mayoral campaign of City Controller and former Dreamworks employee Wendy Greuel.

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LA Mayoral candidate Jan Perry has the support of actor George Takei.

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LA mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti's long list of supporters includes actress Salma Hayek.


Show business companies and workers have given nearly a million dollars to candidates running in the Los Angeles mayoral race, with Councilman Eric Garcetti getting about half the money.

An analysis by the reporting partnership of 89.3 KPCC and NBC4 found that entertainment companies and their employees, along with actors, donated at least $960,000 in the mayor's race through the third quarter of 2012. Entertainment-related donations will certainly top the million-dollar mark before the March 5 primary election.

Entertainment companies have varied interests in Los Angeles. CBS, for example, owns a billboard company that has to abide by city regulations. NBC Universal has vast real estate holdings in Universal City. Disney owns El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, and parks its cruise ships at the Port of Los Angeles. 

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League of Conservation Voters backs Greuel, Garcetti for mayor

Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti

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L.A. mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti both won endorsements from the L.A. League of Conservation Voters in the March 5th election.

Less than a month after it hosted a debate with the four leading mayoral candidates, the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters has endorsed Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel in the spring primary. 

So far, Greuel and Garcetti appear to be in the lead – at least when it comes to money and poll numbers.

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The league’s Tessa Charnofsky says both candidates “have demonstrated strong leadership on public health and the environment – from supporting policies that reduce our city’s dependence on fossil fuels to cleaning our storm water, investing in public transit systems and protecting open space.”

A spokesman for the League said, should Garcetti and Greuel advance to a runoff, the organization will not endorse one over the other. 

Both Garcetti and Greuel sent out messages via social media about Monday's endorsement, but neither noted that their primary opponent was also receiving the League's support. 

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Los Angeles candidates ask supporters to celebrate New Year's Eve with campaign donations

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Los Angeles' municipal candidates want Angelenos to ring in the new year by donating to their campaigns. Midnight is the deadline for this fundraising cycle.

When the clock strikes midnight, it won’t just be a chance to part with 2012.

Candidates for city office in Los Angeles hope it’s a chance for you to part with your cash.

Today is the last day in this cycle to donate to candidates running for mayor, city controller, city attorney and the Los Angeles City Council. This round of fundraising numbers will be posted to the Ethics Commission's website on Jan. 10.

In their efforts to get more donations, candidates have taken to email and social networks. The day after Christmas, Controller Wendy Greuel, who is running for mayor, sent out an email that read, “One of the things I’m thankful for this holiday season is your ongoing support.” She then asked for $35 before the fundraising deadline.

Councilman Eric Garcetti, also a candidate for mayor, emailed this poem to his supporters Monday: 

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Leading mayoral candidates announce endorsements from Latino elected officials

Supervisor Gloria Molina

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County Supervisor Gloria Molina endorsed Wendy Greuel for mayor Friday. Meanwhile, Ed Reyes backed his City Council colleague Eric Garcetti.

The two leading candidates for mayor of Los Angeles released dueling endorsements Friday, each highlighting support from prominent Latino politicians. 

Ed Reyes endorsed his L.A. City Council colleague Eric Garcetti. They have served together since 2001. 

Reyes issued a statement that said: “For more than a decade, Council member Eric Garcetti has been a strong and independent voice for the people of Los Angeles. He marshaled this city through our most challenging economic times while preserving jobs and saving taxpayers millions of dollars. His experience and strong leadership are what Los Angeles needs.”

After that announcement, City Controller and mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel countered with a statement of endorsement from Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. 

“Wendy Greuel will focus on creating jobs, reducing traffic congestion and strengthening our public schools,” Molina said. 

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