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Former Krekorian opponents call for public financing

September 28, 2009

As Los Angeles City Council candidates Christine Essel and Paul Krekorian turn their attention toward a Dec. 8 runoff, some of their former competitors in last week’s primary election are calling for “clean money elections” in future contests, L.A. Weekly reports.

While Essel, a former Paramount Pictures executive, and Assemblyman Krekorian were able to generate towering collections of campaign contributions, other hopefuls were left struggling to battle their barrages of mailers and phone calls.

Some have proposed using public financing to make campaigns more competitive, but even that might not help some underdogs.

Although Essel more than doubled Krekorian’s funds, according to the most recent figures published by the L.A. Ethics Commission, Krekorian beat Essel in the Sept. 22 race, suggesting more than just campaign money was at play in the results.

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