Which Special Interest Groups are Fueling Los Angeles County’s Campaigns?
The race to replace L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky has been narrowed down to supervisorial hopefuls Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver. So far, Kuehl and Shriver have raised around $4 million in their campaign to secure their seat as District 3 supervisor.
Though Kuehl and Shriver will be facing off in a November runoff, Hilda Solis was able to secure a victory outright in the race to replace supervisor Gloria Molina in LA’s 1st District. Solis raised more than $825,000 in the District 1 race.
These large sums include donations given directly to the candidate as well as money from independent contributors, who are allowed to raise and spend unlimited sums.
The Los Angeles Times has created a handy infographic that breaks down where the money is coming from in these high-profile campaigns. For example, while Sheila Kuehl has not reported any money that she has given to herself, documents show that Bobby Shriver has given himself over $1 million.
The infographic also shows the top union contributions in LA’s supervisor races. The Working for Working Americans Sponsored by United Brotherhood of Carpenters tops the list with its $100,000 contribution to Shriver’s campaign.
See the full infographic here.