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Newton: In L.A. politics, money still talks
Newton: In L.A. politics, money still talks

Money is a measure of political viability. Those candidates seen as having potential attract it; those seen as long shots struggle to fill their campaign coffers. And with money, once you've raised some, it's a lot easier to raise more. In the money race among the mayoral candidates, Councilman Eric Garcetti and Controller Wendy Greuel are in one league, Councilwoman Jan Perry trails significantly, and lawyer Kevin James is a far-distant fourth. You might think that those numbers would speak for themselves, but I was reminded recently that candidates are usually able to extract arguments from fundraising reports about how the numbers favor them. Garcetti leads in money...

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