Eric Garcetti Takes the Lead in Donations for 2013 Mayoral Race

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According to new fundraising reports, Councilman Eric Garcetti is in the lead over Controller Wendy Greuel in the critical race to raise money for the March 5 mayoral primary. For now, Councilwoman Jan Perry is trailing in the race, with Garcetti raising a reported $727,503 since Dec.31.

Within that very same period, Garcetti raise a total of $3.6 million for the campaign, along with matching funds from the city Ethics Commission in the amount of $667,000.

Greuel has managed to raise $3.4 million for the election, along with a maximum $667,000 in matching funds.

Perry on the other hand raised $1.4 million and $512 in matching funds, leaving her continuing to trail.

Businessman Emanuel Pleitez raised $212,000 and has applied for matching funds, while former radio talk show host and attorney Kevin James raised $316,000, along with $180,000 in matching funds.

However, the journey to become city attorney has become quite a race with former Assemblyman Mike Feuer leading with $898,000 raised, along with the maximum $300,000 in matching funds. Also, private attorney Greg Smith has raised $718,000, along with a personal loan in the amount of $620,000, while City Attorney Carmen Trutanich raised $ 318,000 with $158,000 in matching funds.

In the race for controller, Councilman Dennis Zine is leading with more than $727,000 and has received $267,000. Reportedly, neighborhood Council member Cary Brazeman has raised $136,000 and rejected matching funds, while businessman Ron Galperin managed to raise $304,000, along with $133,000 in matching funds.

Assembly Bob Blumenfield, D-Van Nuys was the leading fundraiser in the race for local city council in the 3rd District, raising more than $100,000. Business owner Cary Iaccino raised $29,000; small business owner Elizabeth Badger raised reportedly $35,000 with $33,000 in matching funds; certified accountant Joyce Pearson raised $78,000, including a $15,000 loan and city investigator Steven Presberg reported $8,100.

In the 5th District, Councilman Paul Koretz raised more than $125,000. So far his opponents have not reported any contributions as of yet. As for the 7th District, Nicole Chase raised more than $7,000, while actress-producer Krystee Clark reported more than $8,100, leaving former Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes leading with $191,000.

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