Contributions and Expenditures in the 2022 Primary Elections

For Immediate Release: April 29, 2022
Contact: Nancy Jackson (213) 978-1960

With just over one month remaining before the June 7 primary elections for the City of Los Angeles (City) and the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education (LAUSD), candidates have reported raising campaign contributions totaling nearly $50 million and spending nearly $40 million.

In addition to candidate spending, independent spending in City races has exceeded $2.5 million. Independent spending occurs when a person (an individual or entity) incurs costs to support or oppose a candidate and does not coordinate with the candidate. When a person makes or incurs at least $1,000 in independent spending, the person must report the spending and provide a copy of the related communication to the Ethics Commission. At this point in the election cycle, the report must be filed within 24 hours.

Totals reported as of April 28, 2022, the most recent candidate reporting deadline, are detailed by race in the table below.

RACECANDIDATE CONTRIBUTIONS Reported as of 4/28/2022CANDIDATE EXPENDITURES Reported as of 4/28/2022INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES Reported as of 4/28/2022
Mayor$35,653,619.60$29,532,429.24$678,126.31
City Attorney$3,966,015.22$2,234,469.90$0
City Controller$1,204,720.77$1,082,045.71$0
City Council Districts (odd)$7,190,715.51$4,918,893.48$820,632.29
LAUSD Districts (even)$1,052,960.43$557,440.14$1,109,231.18
TOTALS$49,068,031.53$38,325,278.47$2,607,989.78

The April 28 reporting deadline covered activity from January 1 through April 23, 2022.  The next candidate reporting deadline is May 26, 2022, covering activity from April 24 through May 21.

Details regarding contributions, expenditures, matching funds, independent expenditures, and political communications are provided on the Ethics Commission’s Election Totals page.  Campaign data may be searched and disclosure reports may be viewed through the Public Data Portal.  Information about committees is summarized in the Campaign Committees Table, and visualizations of contributor information can be viewed in the Contributor Dashboard.

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The Ethics Commission was created by Los Angeles voters in 1990 to impartially administer and enforce the City’s governmental ethics, campaign financing, and lobbying laws.

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