For Immediate Release: May 10, 2022
Contact: Nancy Jackson (213) 978-1960
Texpenditure ceiling has been lifted in the June 7 primary election race for City Council District (CD) 11, as a result of $118,765 in independent spending to support candidate Traci Park.
Three committees reported the spending: $88,605 was reported by Residents for Safer and Cleaner Neighborhoods Supporting Traci Park for City Council 2022, Sponsored by Los Angeles Police Protective League; $29,560 was reported by Firefighters for a Better Los Angeles, Sponsored by United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112; and $600 was reported by Traci Park for Safe Council District 11 2022.
Candidates who participate in the City’s matching funds program must limit their campaign spending in both the primary and general elections. For the upcoming primary election, the expenditure ceiling for participating City Council candidates is $571,000.
The expenditure ceiling is lifted and no longer applies in a particular City Council race when either of the following occurs: a candidate not participating in the matching funds program spends more than the expenditure ceiling or independent spending to support or oppose a single candidate totals more than a certain dollar threshold. For the 2022 elections, the independent spending threshold is $92,000 for City Council races.
Independent spending occurs when a person incurs costs for one or more political communications that supports or opposes a candidate or ballot measure and the communications are not coordinated with or authorized by a candidate. At this point in the election, a person must report independent spending and provide copies of communications to the Ethics Commission within 24 hours of making or incurring the costs.
The expenditure ceilings have been previously lifted in the mayoral, CD 1, CD 5, CD 9, CD 13 and CD 15 races.
Additional information about candidates, independent spending, and political communications in the 2022 primary elections is available on the Election Totals page. Campaign activity and political communications may also be searched on 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.