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Ridley-Thomas gets cash infusion

October 09, 2008|Garrett Therolf

A union committee reported gathering $3.1 million in the last two months to help state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas win the 2nd District seat being vacated by county Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke.

With the Nov. 4 election only weeks away, the independent expenditure committee has amassed a total of $7.1 million to help Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) defeat Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks.

As long as an independent group does not coordinate with the candidate it supports, donors can avoid the $1,000 limit that applies to individuals giving directly to a campaign.

The committee, formed by several union locals and called Alliance for a Stronger Community, also reported spending $5.7 million so far on behalf of Ridley-Thomas. The money was used for phone banks, radio advertisements and direct mail, the statements show.

-- Garrett Therolf

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Monday, October 13, 2008 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 53 words Type of Material: Correction
Mark Ridley-Thomas: The headline on a briefing item in Thursday's California section said "Ridley-Thomas gets cash infusion." The money, raised by an independent union committee, did not go to the state senator's campaign for the L.A. County Board of Supervisors; as the brief said, the committee is using it to help him win.

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