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Rodriguez leading all board candidates with big donations

LA School Report | May 15, 2015

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As the final weekend approaches before Tuesday’s runoff elections for three LA Unified board seats, Ref Rodriguez, the challenger in District 5, leads all candidates with the largest number of individual campaign contributions, 51, at the maximum amount allowable, $1,100.

No surprise, then, that he leads all six candidates in money raised since the March primaries with $121,462, according to the latest according from the LA City Ethics Commission. (He also has the biggest support from outside spenders; they have invested more than $1.1 million so far on his behalf.)

Among his donors at the top level are Laurene Powell Jobs, Eli and Edythe Broad and Marshall Tuck.

Rodriguez’s opponent, the incumbent Bennett Kayser, has received 16 contributions of $1,100, with his donors including unions for teachers (UTLA) and school workers (SEIU Local 99).

In the District 7 race, board President Richard Vladovic has 32 donors at $1,100, including two unions, SEIU Local 99 and the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles, which represents school administrators.

His opponent, Lydia Gutierrez, has attracted only one donor at $1,100 — Cross America Financial, a debt collection agency.

And in District 3, incumbent Tamar Galatzan has 18 donors at the maximum level, including the Broads and Jobs. Her opponent, Scott Schmerelson, has two at $1,100 — the unions representing teachers and administrators.

Here’s the breakdown of donations from individual contributions:

District 3: Galatzan $32,775; Schmerelson $15,741.

District 5: Rodriguez $121,462; Kayser $54,306

District 7: Vladovic $65,851; Gutierrez $5,924.


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