New disclosure reports available from LA City Ethics reveal that direct fundraising by candidates — limited to $1,000 per individual contributor — continues to lag far behind outside fundraising, which is unlimited. One possible interpretation is that candidates are hoping that outside expenditures will be enough to fuel their campaigns. Another is that candidates are waiting to see if they make it through the March 5 primary before focusing on direct appeals.
District 2 (Downtown – East Los Angeles): Robert Skeels has raised a total of $19,000, adding $2,000 since the last reporting period last month; Annamarie Montanez has raised $9,200 altogether, adding less than $100 since last month; Abelardo Diaz has raised $3,900 altogether, adding only a few dollars to his coffers since last month. Isabel Vazquez, has raised $15,200, up $2,000 from last month. Incumbent Board President Monica Garcia has raised $430,000 so far, adding $100,000 since late last month.
District 4 (Westside to Hollywood): School Board member Steve Zimmer has raised $82,000 for his own campaign, adding $12,000. Kate Anderson has raised $251,000, adding $50,000 since the last reporting period late last month.
District 6 (East San Fernando Valley): Antonio Sanchez has raised $55,000, up by $15,000 since late last month. Maria Cano has raised almost $17,000, a big jump of $8,000 from last month. Monica Ratliff has raised $14,000, adding just $1,000.
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