For Immediate Release: October 2, 2020
Contact: Nancy Jackson (213) 978-1960
The expenditure ceiling was lifted yesterday in the general election race for City Council District (CD) 10 as a result of independent spending. Currently, independent spending in that race totals $99,682.
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 November 3 general election, the expenditure ceiling for participating City Council candidates is $537,000.
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 communications to support or oppose a single candidate in one race total more than $86,000.
To date, independent spending in the amount of $99,533 has been reported in support of candidate Mark Ridley-Thomas, who is not participating in the matching funds program. As a result, the expenditure ceiling has been lifted for candidate Grace Yoo, who is participating in the matching funds program and for whom independent spending in the amount of $149 has been reported.
Independent spending occurs when a person incurs certain costs for a political communication that supports or opposes a candidate or ballot measure and the communication is not coordinated with or authorized by a candidate. At this point in the election, a person must report independent spending and provide a copy of the communication to the Ethics Commission within 24 hours of making or incurring the costs.
Additional information about the candidates, independent spending, and political communications in the CD 10 general election is available on the Election Totals page. Campaign activity and political communications may also be searched on the Public Data Portal.
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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.