Former lawmaker Mike Feuer, a candidate for Los Angeles city attorney in the May 21 runoff, had raised $308,000 by April 6, the first campaign reporting deadline, and had collected an additional $350,000 in taxpayer matching funds, according to a document filed Wednesday with the City Ethics Commission.
Feuer turned in his campaign finance report a day ahead of Thursday’s filing deadline. He showed more than $540,000 in cash on hand.
The report indicated Feuer made a $15,000 payment to Shallman Communications, his consulting firm. The payment reflects a reworked contract with John Shallman, who worked for $1 during the primary and would have received a $50,000 bonus if the former city councilman and state assemblyman had won the post outright, Feuer said. The candidate finished first with 44% of the vote but missed getting a majority of the ballots cast and now faces incumbent City Atty. Carmen Trutanich in the runoff.
The Feuer-Shallman contract has been the subject of a lawsuit by a supporter of Trutanich and at least two complaints to the Ethics Commission. Critics say the arrangement -- which enabled Feuer to make only the $1 payment to his consultant during the primary in addition to a bonus if Feuer won the post -- hid the true cost of the campaign and kept Feuer from exceeding a spending limit he agreed to in order to receive matching public dollars.