Commentary: CD2 Election Alert and Reality Check from David Hernandez
By David Hernandez
Much has been said about the amount of money Candidate Chris Essel has spent on her campaign for LA City Council. There has also been much talk about the amount of "Independent Expenditures" made supporting her campaign.
At a recent candidates forum Candidate Krekorian made it a point to inform the audience of the money being spent to "keep him off the council".
In the interest of full disclosure, I would like to make it known the amount money spent, to get Candidate Krekorian on the City Council.
As of December 2nd, City Ethics documents show Candidate Krekorian has spent $571,518.76 dollars on his campaign. Others have spent $164,284.03 on Independent Expenditures. That totals $735,802.79 Seven Hundred thirty five thousand, eight hundred and two dollars and three cents.
(This is not the final figure).
Hardly a grassroots candidate! Time for a reality check folks.
As if that wasn't enough, Paul has also spent $92,533.00 on his November 2010 State Assembly Race this year!
That makes the amount of money Paul Krekorian has spent in 2009 on promoting his political image to be Eight Hundred & twenty eight thousand, three hundred, thirty three dollars.
$828,335.00 to get him elected!
To put this in perspective, let me compare the amount spent so far by Krekorian and his supporters to the total amount spent by LA City Council members to get elected in March of 2009.
Ed Reyes $221,113.64
Dennis Zine $271,745.30
Richard Alarcon $27,588.00
Jan Perry $355,136.00
Bill Rosendahl $186,124.00
Janice Hahn $277,632.00
Eric Garcetti $654,098.00
Paul Koretz $836,383.00
Only Koretz spent more, but folks the final figures are not in yet for Krekorian.
I am a strong believer in voting for a candidate because of what I see in that candidate as an individual. I am not going to vote for someone just because I am voting against the other guy or some group who has contributed to their campaign.
As you set aside the political rhetoric and campaign tricks of smoke and mirrors; take a moment to look at the candidates as individuals.
>Which candidate, by their action alone, would you entrust with the duty and responsibility of governing the community in which you and your family reside.
For me, that candidate is Christine Essel.
*not paid for by any candidate or candidates committee, just my own observations.
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