Council members can legally raise funds in excess of the $500-per-donor limit, but are forbidden to spend it on their reelection campaigns. Wachs said he plans to use these funds to sponsor two initiative drives--one to strip the City Council of its power to change council districts and give the authority to an independent commission, and the other to prohibit council members from voting on issues affecting contributors.
One of Wachs' biggest contributions was $5,000 from Gene Autry, who recently won City Council approval to build a Western museum in Griffith Park.
Wachs reported spending his money on operations of his campaign office, including staff, and for billboards and political mailers.
In the northwest Valley's 12th District, Bernson raised $199,165, whereas his opponent, Richard K. Williams, collected $1,879.
No report covering fund raising through March was available for Councilman John Ferraro, seeking reelection in the 4th District, which includes Toluca Lake and parts of North Hollywood and Studio City. Ferraro had reported at the end of February that he had nearly $266,000 in available funds. His challenger, Sal Genovese, reported raising $2,537.