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Koretz Leads City Council Race in Campaign Contributions, Spending

The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission reports the latest campaign financials for City Council District 5 candidates Mark Herd and Paul Koretz.

Current City Councilman Paul Koretz has raised significantly more campaign money than his District 5 opponent, Westwood Neighborhood Council member Mark Herd, according to Los Angeles City Ethics Commission reports.

Both are running for the Los Angeles City Council 5th District seat in the primary elections to be held March 5.

Koretz has raised approximately $154,373.66 in contributions, according to the City Ethics Commission's reporting through Feb. 16. View contribution details here.

The councilman also reports approximately $93,686.60 in expenses.

Herd has raised approximately $217.98 and spent $97.98, according to the City Ethics Commission's reporting through Jan. 19. View Herd's contribution details here.

Koretz and Herd recently participated in a debate in Westwood, where they discussed a proposed sales tax increase, bike lanes, digital billboards and more. 

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Carol Spencer February 28, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Herd commented at the debate that he does not ask for money as is the practice of most politicians. And insisted that interested parties look to the City Ethics commission for his information. Koretz was quite open in reporting his contributions. Also, Herd commented that he knew he would not win the race, he wanted to have an opponent running in CD5 to bring issues to the people.
Gaylord Herron February 28, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Herd has spoken in favor of public financing of campaigns. It's clear Paul has more money, he is the machine candidate. Take the money out and Herd wins. Herd said in the debate he doesn't take special interest money and Paul gets thousands from union pacs etc. These politicians got to go.
Gaylord Herron February 28, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Paul and his spinmeister Carol are both seasoned bs ers.
Taxpayers Petition March 01, 2013 at 05:57 PM
It doesn't matter who has more money in the local race except that it could be used for more exposure. The candidate need only win 50%+ of the vote. Just get out and vote, and vote out Paul Koretz Mark Herd might not win this time around but he has certainly opened the door for himself or another candidate to vote out Paul Koretz in the next election. He is clearly energized and engaged with the issues and the community, whereas Paul Koretz is just another pretend politician enjoying a well-paid gig on taxpayers' dime, coasting along and doing nothing but rubber stamping tax hikes and servicing mutually enriching special interests until he terms out to the next position. Rinse, repeat. Voters are angry and starting to play close attention to what these overpaid City Council incompetents have been doing, and not doing. Paul Koretz is worse than Jack Weiss and his ragtag staff is incompetent, condescending, unresponsive, and ignorant of the issues.
Eli Lipmen March 02, 2013 at 01:42 AM
I've found both Councilmember Paul Koretz, and his staff, to be open, honest, responsive, and committed to the communities that they serve in Council District 5. Paul was an indispensable advocate for human rights, workers rights, and animal rights when he was a State Assemblymember. Now as my Councilmember, he has responded to the needs of our community - working to pave streets, beautify the neighborhood, and stop overdevelopment. I regularly see him and his staff at community events - just the other week he helped out at a clean up in Palms. His staff has been responsive to community requests and works hard to cut through City bureaucracy for residents and businesses. I, for one, will be voting again for Paul Koretz on March 5th.
Geronimo Jackson March 02, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Paul Koretz is worse than Jack Weiss. Im voting for Herd. He was really on point the other night and Paul knows he's unpopular for trying to raise taxes on everyone. That money will be wasted again and again. I heard they are going to try to sell the parking lot again too! What a horrible councilman. I'm voting for the new guy, Herd. www.voteherd.com Please campaign for the underdog. These incumbants are ruining the city by wasting our money and leaving us with no city services.

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