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Beutner & James fundraising: a tale of two cities

Austin Beutner's exploratory committee has raised $405,000 from LA's top civic players and Kevin James over $100,000 from LA's middle-class and grass-roots donors, the two men stated today in separate, dueling pressers that accentuated the differences in approach between these two mayoral candidates.

The Beutner campaign cited "a coalition including former Mayor Dick Riordan, philanthropist Eli Broad, former LA Chamber of Commerce Chair David Fleming and a cross-section of the entertainment, business and civic communities" in their press release. Kevin James suggested his donations came from grassroots and middle class types, "from every-day hard-working Angelenos and small business owners to former prosecutors and local community leaders."