City of Los Angeles: Office of the Controller
Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel
Candidates who seek to succeed Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have filed their first campaign finance reports.
L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel has raised the most – more than $500,000 as of June 30. L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry is not far behind at $450,000. Former deputy mayor and businessman Austin Beutner has raised about $400,000, and has already spent nearly half.
Beutner said he’s not a “career politician” – so he’s had to spend money “building a base.” The investment banker said he hasn’t decided how much of his own money he’ll pony up in a mayoral primary where each candidate may need to spend up to two-million dollars for a chance at making it into an expected runoff.
The primary is still nearly two years away, but early fundraising is important to establish credibility as a candidate. L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti, L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and businessman Rick Caruso, who developed The Grove and the Americana at Brand, also are considering campaigns for mayor.