Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Midweek Musings; Lacey leads fundraising ahead of Blockbuster II, Trutanich soars in Tanzania

The LA Weekly released fundraising figures showing that in the race to be Los Angeles' next District Attorney, Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey had out-raised her rival Assistant Head Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson by almost 3 to 1 in the latest reporting period.

Lacey raised $565,000 in the latest reporting period, with Jackson reporting $180,000 reversing the trend that gave Jackson an early lead. 'In the six weeks before to June 30, Jackson raised $386,000, far outpacing Lacey's $71,000.' the LA Weekly reported.

Jackson's campaign strategist, John Thomas, said that Lacey had only 'caught up' in terms of overall fundraising, saying that 'If you look at the total amounts raised by both campaigns to date, they were neck and neck.'

Thomas said that in the week following the reporting period, Jackson had raised another $165,000 and was 'on target' to continue to raise $150,000 a week in the run up to the election.

In terms of campaign cash in the bank, Lacey also leads Jackson with '$336,000 on hand as of Sept. 30, to Jackson's $193,000,' the LA Weekly said, but Thomas said that Jackson had recently used $100,000 of his campaign coffers to purchase a ballot statement whereas Lacey's commitments to print media are not yet due for payment.

If the campaigns disagree on who has the fundraising lead, one thing they appear to agree on is polling data showing 68% to 70% of the likely 3.5M voters still undecided as to who will lead the nation's largest prosecutorial agency. Lacey's campaign strategist, Parke Skelton, said that Lacey has an 'insurmountable lead' based on their polling data, while Jackson's campaign strategist John Thomas said 'the race is wide open.'

With less than a month to go before the election, Lacey is showing no sign of resting on her laurels. Tomorrow night, Lacey will attend a Blockbuster II; a star-studded fundraiser at the home of Los Angeles movie mogul Lawrence Bender.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa tops the bill at Blockbuster II as Lacey leverages the might of the entertainment industry to build on the momentum that has seen her campaign attract wide  bi-partisan support.

Hosts at tonight's event include New York Giants owner Steve Tisch, Hard Rock Cafe founder and steakhouse guru Peter Morton, Golden Globe winning Executive Producer Ben Silverman,  Smashbox Studios co-founder Davis Factor, Oscar nominated producer and Quicken Loans co-founder Gary Gilbert, Discovery Land Co's Chairman and CEO Michael Meldman, Ranger Global Adviser's Chief Investment Officer and philanthropist Alex Von Furstenberg, and international entrepreneur and luxury hotelier Sam Nazarian.

Lacey's campaign finance chair Michael Goldstein pulled no punches in his email blast promoting the event. 'I can assure you that the momentum is behind her and things are looking better than ever.' he said, urging supporters to 'join us on that special evening in support of Jackie’s historic campaign to be the first woman and first African-American to be elected District Attorney of Los Angeles.'

The Dragnet will have exclusive coverage of Blockbuster II. Follow our Twitter feed for on the scene reports ahead of Thursday's report.

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich leads in FaceBook 'likes.'
In Tanzania!

Trutanich's fan base appears to originate from Tanzania in East Africa

Embattled former DA wannabe City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's re-election campaign seems to be certain of winning based on the former ambulance chaser's apparent popularity in Tanzania, an East African republic bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, and Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south.

Tanzania, according to data on Trutanich's re-election campaign FaceBook page, appears to be 'The city where most of the people talking about this Page are from.' 

An East African republic might seem an unlikely source for the 4,873 FaceBook 'likes' that Trutanich claims to have, and the explanation is most likely the same as his 724,535 YouTube views for his failed DA campaign. He purchased them.

A quick Google search for 'buy FaceBook likes' yields many on-line services who will provide paid-for 'likes.' is but one of many such services, and may or may not have been the service that Trutanich used to make it look like anyone actually 'likes' Trutanich. 

It does seem that the old adage 'a leopard doesn't change it's spots' seems to apply to Trutanich - or is it that a liar doesn't change his lies because it does appear that Trutanich's so-called fans are not English speakers and most likely bought and paid for.

Comments posted by FaceBook fans who 'like' Trutanich appear to be
exclusively from a non-English speaking community.
Trutanich's crass attempts to mislead voters with his bogus ballot designation, his 'viral video' and the remarkable survival of his assassination attempt, soundly failed to con voters in 2012, does he seriously think this pathetic attempt to falsely manipulate social media will fare any better?

Trutanich never fails to redefine the depths that he will sink to in order to con voters.


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