Thursday, October 11, 2012
Lacey Outraises Opponent in Quarterly Fundraising
Jackson Will Have ‘All Resources Necessary’ for Homestretch—Strategist
By a MetNews Staff Writer
District attorney candidate Jackie Lacey outraised opponent Alan Jackson by more than 3 to 1 between the beginning of July and the end of September, erasing her opponent’s previous financial advantage, reports show.
Online filings with the county registrar/recorder show that Lacey, currently chief deputy district attorney, raised more than $558,000 for the quarter, bringing her total to more than $937,000, plus another $30,000 in loans and non-monetary contributions. She reported spending $295,000 in the same period and having more than $336,000 on hand for the five weeks leading up to the Nov. 6 balloting.
Jackson, a veteran deputy district attorney, reported raising nearly $180,000 for the quarter, bringing his total to nearly $755,000. His expenditures for the period were close to $295,000, leaving him with nearly $194,000 in the bank.
Lacey finished first, and Jackson second, in a primary that saw the best-funded candidate, Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, finished third.
Jackson strategist John Thomas said the quarterly figures were “deceptive given that we outraised her 6 to 1 in the first period,” and that the candidates are “neck and neck” overall in fundraising.
“The total raised as of the filing period is literally tied,” he said. “We raised a thousand dollars more actually. The week after the period we already hauled in an additional $150,000. The Jackson campaign is on track to have all the resources necessary to carry out our complete campaign plan.”
Lacey’s reported cash-on-hand advantage also gives a misleading picture, Thomas said, because “we’ve already spent a portion of our funds on paid media like a candidate statement that Miss Lacey was unable to secure.”
Lacey’s report showed 722 separate donors for the quarter, including maximum contributions of $1,500 from attorneys Ghazzala T. Ahmed, Karen H. Bird, Harland Braun, Willie L. Brown Jr.—a former speaker of the state Assembly—, Richard Chacon, Patrick G. Christoff, Robert D. Cornforth, Daniel H. Deng, John Floyd, Patricia H. Fountain, George L. Mallory Jr., Aryeh L. Greenspoon, Jay H. Grodin, Monica Harris, Mark Haushalter, Felicia Hocker, Richard A. Hutton, Jeffrey B. Isaacs, James E. Blancarte, David Kagan, Darren Kavinoky, Ryan J. King, Mario Fenu, Lynn P. Peterson, Thomas Levyn, Cynthia McClain-Hill, Joseph Mishulovin, Ricardo R. Olivarez, R. Rex Parris, Avigail W. Rechnitz, Nicholas Subias, Pamela Tedeschi, Nicholas Tonsich, Michael Tuchin, Lillian Vega, Joseph A. Weimortz, and Winston K. McKesson.
Other maximum donors included the law firms of O’Melveny & Myers; Glaser, Damone, & Schroeder; McNicholas and McNicholas; and Kraut Law Group, Inc., as well as several labor unions and associated political actions committees—including those representing deputy sheriffs, City of Los Angeles police, and county police—as well as the local chapter of the League of Conservation Voters and funds controlled by county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Democratic state assembly members Kevin DeLeon and Steven Bradford.
She also received $1,000 from Wilson, Elser, Dicker & Moskowitz, whose West Coast managing partner Patrick Kelly will be installed this weekend as president of the State Bar.
Jackson’s maximum donors—out of 234 total contributors for the quarter—included attorneys Mike Emmick, John M. Passanante, John Quinn, Richard J. Riordan—a former Los Angeles mayor—and Gregory W. Smith, who is a candidate for Los Angeles city attorney. Jackson also received $1,500 donations from the firms of Ezra Brutzkus & Gubner and Falangetti & Weimortz, from a PAC representing La Verne police, and from the New Majority California PAC, which backs Republicans in local, state, and national races.
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