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Follow the Money: Latest Contributions to Council District 2 Race

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On December 8th, voters in L.A.'s Council District 2 (from Sherman Oaks to the Northeast Valley) will hit the polls to elect a new councilmember. The Mayor Sam blog digs into the latest filings for the two candidates, finding some notable patterns for each. Chris Essel has a lot of special interest money coming her way. Donors include developer Rick Caruso (The Grove, The Americana), AEG's Tim Leiweke (L.A. Live, Staples Center), Paramount Pictures, the Walt Disney Company and AEG. Notable public officials include City Controller Wendy Greuel, former Councilmember Jackie Goldberg, Councilmember Jan Perry and Mary Nichols of the California Air Resources Board.

As for Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, much of his money during this round came from fellow politicians. That list includes Congressman Adam Schiff, Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and Assemblymembers Mike Feuer and Warren Furutani. Krekorian also received money from environmental groups like the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters. He picked up some cash from Warner Brothers, too.