Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Friday, October 8, 2010


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Deputy District Attorney Reports Leading Opponent in Money Race


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Los Angeles Superior Court candidate Alan Schneider has gained the financial advantage over Deputy Los Angeles City Attorney Tom Griego in one of the two contests on the November ballot, according to reports filed with the county Registrar-Recorder.

Reports covering the three months ending last Thursday were due Tuesday.

Schneider, a deputy district attorney, reported taking in over five times the amount received by his opponent in this most recent reporting period, and contributions to his campaign in 2010 nearly double those to Griego’s.

Griego’s report also indicated that his coffers are nearly empty while Schneider said he has more than $24,500 left in his war chest.

He reported receiving a total of $155,988 in 2010, with $59,866 of that coming in during the period from July 1 until Sept. 30. Griego had reported raising $89,439 so far this year, with $8,299 coming during the recent reporting period from four attorneys and three other individuals.

Donors to Schneider’s campaign included two of his colleagues in the District Attorney’s Office and 14 private attorneys and firms. Superior Court Judge Thomas Rubinson also gave him $200 and Judge Michael J. O’Gara contributed $250.

Both candidates have expended roughly the same amounts on their campaigns this year, with Schneider reporting an outlay of $60,193 in this reporting period, and Griego claiming $63,765. Schneider said he has spent $168,442 this year, and Griego reported a total of $193,197.

Griego, however, also listed outstanding debts of $55,840, far exceeding his cash balance of $773. Schneider’s unpaid bills tallied $13,250, but he reported still having $24,566 on hand to meet his obligations.

The candidates were the top two vote-getters in the four-way June primary for the seat now occupied by Judge William R. Pounders. The other contested seat is for the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Emily Stevens. That spot is being sought by Beverly Hills attorney Mark Ameli and Superior Court referee Randy Hammock.


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