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Friday, August 5, 2011


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Ipsen, Grace Report Low Contributions For D.A. Bids


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Deputy District Attorneys Steve Ipsen and Bobby Grace both reported having only about $20,000 on hand for their campaigns to become the county’s top prosecutor, according to filing summaries obtained from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder yesterday.

Neither returned calls yesterday as to whether they intend to remain in the race, in which they are both considerably out-matched financially.

Ipsen said he had raised $24,426.98 in monetary contributions, and spent $3,390.56 during the most recent reporting period, which covers the first half of this year. He said he is left with $21,036.

Grace claimed $34,130.12 in donations, and a loan of $1,500. His reported expenditures were $22,550.67, leaving him with $17,179.45.

The early leader in terms of fundraising among the declared candidates has been Deputy District Attorney Mario Trujillo, who has over ten-times the amounts reported by Grace and Ipsen in his war chest.

According to his reports, Trujillo has garnered $254,111.90 and made a $10,000 loan to himself. After spending $35,931.54 during the reporting period, he still has $233,084.67 left.

Second place goes to Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson. An amended report posted by elections officials yesterday said he collected $111,910 in contributions during this reporting period, and made outlays of $119,734. However, he had a beginning balance of $107,205.69, so he has $89,673 on hand.

Close behind Jackson is Chief Deputy District Attorney Jacqueline Lacey, whose report states she gathered $99,359.80 in cash contributions. She spent $13,350.35, leaving her with $86,709.

Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers has reported $68,904 in contributions, and expenses of $15,344.21, leaving her with $54,700.68.

 The earnings of City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, who has formed an “exploratory committee” but has not formally entered the race, far surpasses each of the declared candidates.

His report shows $493,959.97 in cash contributions, and payments of $58,015.38, leaving him with $448,269 in which to battle for the post being vacated by District Attorney Steve Cooley next year.


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