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Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel Close In Money Battle

Paresh Dave |
April 12, 2013 | 1:14 a.m. PDT

Executive Director

L.A. mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti each raised more than $1.2 million for their campaigns in the month following the primary election, according to data released Thursday.

Though a poll of likely voters released Thursday by SurveyUSA (error margin of 4.6%) showed Garcetti leading Greuel by 9 percentage points, Greuel's campaign says the two are neck-in-neck in internal polling.

In raising funds, Garcetti surpassed Greuel by about $50,000. But Greuel has her own edge. Committees spending independently of the campaigns have poured in $50,000 more on Greuel's side so far.

Garcetti noted those independent expenditures in a statement.

"While the DWP union will spend millions to buy this election for my opponent, my people-powered campaign relies on everyday Angelenos who want an independent mayor who will create jobs and solve problems," he said.

Greuel said in later statement that voters have a choice between paralysis and progress.

“Today’s report shows that our message of bringing strong leadership to change Los Angeles is resonating with voters across the city who are frustrated with the status quo," she said.

The two candidates raised a combined total of more than $11.3 million for the March 5 primary, but had to start fundraising anew for the May 21 runoff.

Garcetti, who held a fundraiser in New York recently, raised about $48,000 from people who listed New York as the city in their address. Within the L.A. region, his support continues to come primarily from the Westside. His campaign raised nearly three times as much money as Greuel's campaign did from donors in cities such as Santa Monica, for example.

Greuel has drawn heavily from the San Fernando Valley, raising nearly twice as much from the Valley during the primary than Garcetti.

About half of the contributions to Greuel's runoff account were for the maximum contribution of $1,300. About 40 percent of donations to Garcetti's campaign were for the maximum.

The SurveyUSA poll showed Asians and African-Americans as well as the youngest and oldest voters were more likely to be undecided than their counterparts. But a far greater percentage of the 478 likely voters surveyed expressed a preference in the mayor's race compared to races for city attorney and city controller.

In the city attorney race, Mike Feuer has raised about $100,000 more than incumbent Carmen Trutanich. In the controller's race, Ron Galperin raised about $12,000 more than councilman Dennis Zine. Combined, all four raised $770,000 -- a small fraction of the money involved in the mayor's race.

In council races, wider gaps appeared. Gil Cedillo, Ana Cubas and Mitch O'Farrell all have much less money to work with than their respective counterparts -- Jose Gardea, Curren Price and John Choi.

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