Hahn Campaign Raises $1.3 Million
Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn reported Thursday that,
more than a year before the March 2005 vote, his reelection
campaign has raised $1.3 million â€" an amount
that his supporters hope will scare away any potential
The total, which includes $871,000 raised in the last six
months, puts Hahn well ahead of his fundraising pace for
the 2001 election, when, at an equivalent point, he had
Hahn ended up raising $3.7 million in the 2001 primary and
another $2 million in the runoff. He defeated Antonio
Villaraigosa, who raised a combined $5.9 million.
Bill Wardlaw, a political advisor to the mayor, said
Thursday that the size of the campaign fund should cause
others to think twice before challenging Hahn next
"What it shows is, the mayor has significant support
throughout the city and he is going to be mayor for the
next five years," Wardlaw said.
Hahn's only declared challenger, attorney Walter Moore, has
raised a little more than $1,000, and has criticized Hahn
for taking money from city contractors and commissioners.
"It suggests a quid pro quo for the millions of dollars he
gives out in contracts," Moore said.
Larry Berg, retired director of the Jesse Unruh Institute
of Politics at USC, said Hahn's early fundraising is not
insurmountable for potential challengers, but should nudge
would-be candidates to enter the race soon."I would think
anybody who is thinking about running better start raising
money pretty quickly," Berg said.
City Councilman Bernard C. Parks and former Assemblyman Bob
Hertzberg, who are said to be seriously considering
challenges, declined to comment.
Contributors in the latest report included executives of
airport contractors Tutor-Saliba, Fleishman Hillard and
Landrum & Brown Inc.
City commissioners who contributed include Airport
Commission President Ted Stein, Public Works Board member
Ellen Stein and Department of Water and Power Commissioner
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