The piece below is an excerpt from an LA Daily News article about Emanuel Pleitez, mayoral candidate, qualifying for the city's Matching Funds program and participating in city debates.
"Pleitez, a former technology executive, has raised at least $150,000 in eligible donations, allowing him to receive matching funds from the city, his campaign said this week.
Pleitez's qualification for matching funds may open a few more doors for him. Thursday night, he was among five candidates invited to participate in a debate hosted by the Jewish community group CivicCare.
His campaign communications director, John Hill, has accused local political and advocacy groups of ignoring Pleitez. The 30-year-old candidate wasn't invited to the League of Conservation Voters forum in downtown last month, prompting a handful of protesters to gather outside the debate. He was also shut out of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce debate in September.
Overall, he's been invited to just five debates, far fewer than the leading candidates - City Controller Wendy Greuel, attorney Kevin James and council members Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry.
"We have definitely been ignored," Hill said. "It's unfortunate that money is what determines participation."
Pleitez has held a variety of jobs, working at financial firm Goldman Sachs, and more recently at a Pasadena-based technology firm.
His government jobs include working for Villaraigosa when he was a city councilman, and at the U.S. Treasury as a special assistant to Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve."
Original article written by Dakota Smith, Staff Writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. To read the original article, published on January 3, 2013, visit www.dailynews.com/news/ci_22306319/l-mayoral-candidate-emanuel-pleitez-qualifies-public-campaign.