Follow the money.
The analysis of campaign contributions shows that big donors are using loosely regulated "super PACs" to help candidates like never before, and that strict limits on campaign contributions imposed by voters nearly three decades ago are crumbling.
While Garcetti and Greuel are legally limited to directly accepting $1,300 per donor per election, deep-pocketed contributors can and are channeling their support into independent political action committees that are not subject to any contribution limits. Of the $17.5 million collected so far to support Greuel and Garcetti, roughly one-third — a record $6.1 million — has gone into such outside committees that can accept unlimited contributions.
Times' metro columnist Sandy Banks is so dismayed by the mayoral duo's lack of pizzazz that she wishes that the man they are vying to replace -- termed-out Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa -- could run for another term.
Any readers who are getting nostalgic for city leaders of yesteryear can click through this gallery of the city's past mayors.
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