One of my rubs on candidates such as Walter Moore, Stephen Box, Brad Smith and others who would have made good or even great citizen-candidates has been their unwillingness or inability to raise sufficient money and run a professional campaign.
That being said, candidate for Mayor Kevin James appears to be serious about his run. Earlier this week he announced that he had secured fundraising commitments of over a half million dollars, well ahead of where any other candidate is at this point.
Also impressive is the team that James seems to have assembled so far. The Sister City has a list of James' fundraising committee, each of whom have made $10,000 to $25,000 commitments. Here are a few of the key players:Makan Delrahim
Delrahim is a partner at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, which he joined in 2005. Previously, he had been the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for International, Policy, and Appellate Matters in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. Delrahim was appointed to both the Federal Antitrust Modernization Committee and US Trademark Public Advisory Committee.
Steven E. Sletten
A partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Sletten is a UCLA Law School grad. Sletten has written and lectured extensively on anti-trust law.
Another UCLA grad, television producer Neuman started off as a fellow in the Reagan White House and later moved into the entertainment industry. Neuman has held exec positions at NBC, CNN and most recently was President of Programming at Current TV.
Several others round out the team including various attorneys, entrepreneurs and philanthropic leaders. If the team is able to perform as promised, it's a game changer.
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