It should not be too surprising but the incumbents in next year’s Council District 1 and Council District 13 elections have so far attracted considerably more campaign contributions than their lesser known challengers.
In the Council District 1 race, incumbent Gil Cedllo, whose district includes all or portions of Cypress Park, Glassell Park, Highland Park and Lincoln Heights, has raised more than $250,000, according to the Los Angeles Ethics Commission.* That amount dwarfs the approximately $5,400 raised by Josef A. Bray-Ali and the $500 collected by Jesse Rosas, who provided the figures in an email that were not yet reflected on the commission website.
Council District 13 incumbent Mitch O’Farrell, who represents all or portions of Atwater Village, Echo Park and Silver Lake, has generated more than $304,000 in contributions. The two other rivals who have indicated that they will run against O’Farrell have not reported any contributions, according to the ethics commission.
Who is donating?
Cedillo’s contributors range from developers to unions as well as billionaire Eli Broad, apartment developer Geoff Palmer and the owners of an Inland Empire pizza chain.
Money flowing into O’Farrell’s campaign includes contributions from entertainment and real estate industry executives as well as concert promoters, Hollywood Forever Cemtetery and Silver Lake businesswoman Dana Holister, who has battled singer Katy Perry over a former Los Feliz convent.
The challengers, as is often the case, struggle to match the funds raised by incumbents. “The donations my campaign received come from small donors, from the people, not the corporations and special interests – and I wouldn’t have it any other way!” said Bray-Ali on his campaign website.
The primary election is scheduled to be held on March 7, 2017 and the general election is set for May 16, 2017.
* The figures reflect monies contributed through June 30.
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