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Walter Moore for Mayor Steps It Up

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Water Moore, who is up against Antonio Villaraigosa for Mayor in the March 3 election has made a big announcement today. He says he's raised over $150,000 which qualifies him for the city's Public Matching Funds Program that begins in November. As of June 30, Moore had raised $113,734.90, still significantly less than Mayor Villaraigosa who claimed $1.6 million in contributions. The latest numbers will be posted after October 10, which marks the end of the current filing period.

The Public Matching Funds Program gives candidates dollar for dollar matches on contributions up to $500 from individuals (businesses and committees do not count). In 2005, Villaraigosa participated in the program and if he chooses to do so this year, he would have to agree to debate any other candidates who take advantage of the program, something that Moore will probably do.