Below is an article written by Seema Mehta, with the Los Angeles Times. The piece ran on February 12th, 2013 and covers Emanuel Pleitez' allegations that mayoral candidate City Councilman Eric Garcetti accepted donations from several strongly anti-immigrant donors.
"Garcetti was castigated by Pleitez on Tuesday morning for presenting himself as pro-immigrant while accepting campaign donations from three contributors who also gave to candidates who have endorsed crackdowns on illegal immigration.
Politicians “visit us during election season –- try to bribe us with sweet bread and mariachis -– then sell us out when it’s good for them,” Pleitez said on the steps of City Hall. He called on Garcetti to return a total of $1,500 in donations because the contributors also gave to candidates such as former Rep. Ben Quayle, an Arizona Republican who called for an end to birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants.
The donations highlighted by Pleitez represent a pittance of the millions raised by Garcetti. But Pleitez and Garcetti are heavily wooing Latino voters, who made up 25% of the electorate in the 2005 mayoral race. Garcetti has played up his Latino heritage, and on Monday released the first Spanish-language television ad in the race.
Pleitez, who frequently talks about his mother crossing the border while pregnant with him, is basing his long-shot candidacy on appealing to Latinos. His news conference was covered by more reporters from the Spanish-language media than from English-language media. In a break with convention, he gave his remarks in Spanish first, followed by English.
Asked whether he had received contributions from donors who have supported policies similar to those he was criticizing, Pleitez repeatedly said no."
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