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Garcetti raises record $2.2 million in first quarter of reelection effort

Garcetti raises record $2.2 million in first quarter of reelection effort

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti raised approximately $2.23 million during the first six months of his 2017 reelection campaign, a record-setting sum for incumbent mayors’ early contributions in the era of the city's modern campaign-finance system, his campaign reported Friday. Garcetti's fruitful fundraising effort comes despite his lack of a serious challenger, and brings him within sight of L.A.'s cap for expenditures of private donations, which is about $2.24 million for the general election. Candidates who exceed that limit must forgo public matching funds, a step typically taken only in highly competitive races. “This is the strongest first campaign...

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