PRESS RELEASE: EMANUEL PLEITEZ RAISES MORE MONEY THAN KEVIN JAMES FOR 2ND CONSECUTIVE QUARTER
City of Los Angeles confirms Pleitez raised $102,710.50 in past quarter, securing him Matching Funds.
LOS ANGELES, 1.11.13 – After the latest filing deadline of the Los Angeles mayor’s race, Emanuel Pleitez once again outraised “major” contender Kevin James. The latest filings from the race for mayor show that Pleitez raised $102,710 in the last quarter of 2012 to James’ $42,475. The previous quarter Pleitez outraised James $110,244 to $52,145 and had more cash on hand.
“We have momentum and we will have the money to get our message to the voters,” Pleitez said. “When you tell voters that the leading candidates have more than 30 years of city leadership experience, have led us to the brink of bankruptcy, and voted together 99% of the time to get us into this mess, they start looking for someone for a real choice. They are looking for someone that can bring real change to city hall, not more of the same.”
Since having reported that he has qualified for matching funds, Pleitez has been invited to more candidate forums and debates, including the January 28th televised debate at UCLA.
Pleitez, who hit the threshold for receiving matching funds in the year-end filing period, will be able to spend more than $530,000 total on the race when matching funds are disbursed and will once again have more cash on hand than Kevin James. Even with James’ independent expenditure, reportedly at $200,000, Pleitez will have more money to spend for the duration of the campaign than Kevin James.
Pleitez has raised a total of $212,954.18 in contributions, with more than $163,000 of that amount eligible for the city’s matching funds program. The city matches the first $500 of individual contributions at a rate of two to one. Pleitez’s average contribution was $124, with 80% of the contributions coming in online.
Through the end of 2012, the Pleitez campaign has made more than 85,000 phone calls to Los Angeles voters, knocked on more than 15,000 doors, and opened offices in Boyle Heights and South Los Angeles.
Pleitez is a former technology executive, with public, private, and non-profit sector experience, and was appointed to manage President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Pleitez, an LA native, grew up on the eastside and currently lives in El Sereno with his wife, Rebecca.
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