Hahn Leads Rivals in Cash Contest
The mayor reports $2.4 million on hand in the last quarter of 2004. Hertzberg and Villaraigosa trail the incumbent by $800,000.
As the Los Angeles mayor's race intensifies, incumbent
James K. Hahn is in a commanding financial position, with
$2.4 million available to pay for his reelection campaign,
far more than his two best-financed challengers, Bob
Hertzberg and Antonio Villaraigosa.
Hahn had $800,000 more cash than either Hertzberg or
Villaraigosa, according to campaign contribution reports
for the last three months of 2004, filed Monday with the
city Ethics Commission.
Councilman Bernard C. Parks and state Sen. Richard Alarcon
(D-Sun Valley) trailed the others by a wide margin.
Parks, whose campaign recently lost its most seasoned
advisors amid fundraising difficulties, reported having
$459,296 available at the end of December. Alarcon had
The campaign finance reports provide an important indicator
of whether the candidates can mount a viable television
advertising campaign in the eight weeks leading up to the
March 8 election. Advertising in Los Angeles costs about
$300,000 per week.
Raphael Sonenshein, a Cal State Fullerton political
scientist, said the race has split into two tiers, with
Hahn, Hertzberg and Villaraigosa vying for the two slots in
a likely May runoff.
"The fundraising is pretty much fulfilling the
expectations," he said, noting that many political
observers had expected them to be able to raise the most
money. Hertzberg and Villaraigosa are both former Assembly
speakers and accomplished fundraisers.
Parks and Alarcon, Sonenshein said, will still be able to
influence the election results, but lack the resources to
reach voters citywide.
Bill Wardlaw, Hahn's campaign chairman, said that none of
the other candidates would now be able to catch the mayor.
"No one will have the resources that we have," he said.
But Hertzberg campaign consultant John Shallman dismissed
that claim. "The fundraising gap is going to be much closer
as we get down to the final days before the primary," he
Ace Smith, Villaraigosa's campaign consultant, expressed
confidence that his candidate's fundraising pace, which
surpassed both Hahn's and Hertzberg's during the last three
months of 2004, will continue. In that period, Villaraigosa
raised $658, 023 while Hertzberg raised $473,165 and Hahn
"I believe no amount of money will be enough for Hahn to
buy his way out of the corruption mess he's in," Smith
said, referring to the local and federal probes into
possible links between city contracting and campaign
Although other factors contribute to how candidates fare,
money is a major one. In the April 2001 election,
Villaraigosa and Hahn were among the top fundraisers. Both
advanced to a June runoff.
The current mayoral candidates were able to accept
contributions of more than the $1,000 limit because Parks
and Walter Moore, a Westchester attorney who is also
running, made large loans to their campaigns. That allowed
the other candidates to collect donations up to $7,000 per
Hahn's major contributors included philanthropist and
activist Pam Mullin, who gave $7,000. She has been
president of the Los Angeles Police Foundation and a
director of the Los Angeles Library Foundation.
Thomas Girardi, an attorney, gave $5,000, as did Erika
Girardi, an actress. David Lira, another attorney at the
firm Girardi and Keese, gave $6,000, as did his wife,
Hahn also received $5,000 each from Abdul Jinnah, chairman
of All American Distributing, and Maherunissa Jinnah,
manager of Beverly Cellular. Both are from Northridge.
Hope Warschaw, a philanthropist and Democratic political
strategist, gave $5,000, and San Fernando Valley car dealer
and former city police commissioner Bert Boeckmann gave
John Emerson, an investment banker and aide to President
Clinton and onetime chief of staff for Hahn, gave
Villaraigosa, a councilman who represents the Eastside,
received $7,000 each from developer C. Richard Jones and
his wife, Elaine. He collected $6,500 from the Westin
Bonaventure Hotel, whose co-owner, Peter Zen, is a former
Hahn supporter and commissioner. Zen opposes the city's
plan to subsidize a convention center hotel.
Villaraigosa received $6,000 each from real estate
developer Aner Iglesias, Maywood Club Tow and Culver City
architect Alejandro Ortiz.
Ramin Delijani of the Delson Investment Co. in Beverly
Hills contributed $5,500 to Villaraigosa. Contributing
$5,000 each were the campaign committee of Assembly Speaker
Fabian NuÃ±ez and Eugene LaPietra, the
Hollywood nightclub owner who helped bankroll the
unsuccessful Hollywood secession campaign in 2002.
Hertzberg, a Sherman Oaks attorney, received $6,000 from
real estate businessman Jeffrey Burum of Temple City and
New York investor Norman Hsu of Components Limited.
Hertzberg also received $5,000 from real estate developer
Geoff Palmer, whose firm allegedly lacked a permit when it
tore down the Giese House, the last 19th century house on
He also collected $5,000 from Michael Chang of Main
Wholesale Mart, who supported Hahn in 2001; Michael Agron,
a physician from Arcadia; and Stanley Zimmerman of Home
Budget Loans, a mortgage lender in Los Angeles.
Hertzberg collected $2,500 from Gary Winnick, the former
chairman of Global Crossing. Victor Sampson, a former Hahn
appointee to the city Police Permit Review Panel, gave
Alarcon, who is chairman of the Senate Labor Committee,
received $7,000 checks from the California Society of
Industrial Medicine and Surgery PAC and from the Utility
Workers Union of America, which represents employees of
Southern California Gas Co.
The lawmaker received $6,000 from Mother's Nutritional
Center of South Gate; $4,500 from Agoura Hills restaurateur
Alfredo Gonzalez; $3,700 from the Cargo PAC of California;
and $3,500 each from the California Trucking Assn. Truck
Unit PAC and state Sen. Martha Escutia's campaign
In the 11th Council District race, the only council contest
without an incumbent on the ballot, two of the three
candidates reported reaching the maximum $330,000 in
contributions and matching funds they are allowed to
Bill Rosendahl, a university professor and journalist, and
Flora Gil Krisiloff, a former planning commissioner, both
raised the maximum. The third candidate, attorney and city
commissioner Angela J. Reddock, reported raising
The incumbent, Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski, is barred by
term limits from running again.
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