West L.A. Dems to House Candidates: You Must Have $200k to Contend
The Pacific Palisades Democratic Club set a standard for Democrats vying to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D) in the 33rd congressional district: You must have raised $200,000 by April 8 to qualify.
The club used that standard to whittle down the field from ten contenders to only four: State Sen. Ted Lieu, radio host Matt miller, trial lawyer David Kanuth, and former L.A. mayor candidate Wendy Greuel.
Those who did not make the money cut for the club's Apr. 13 endorsement meeting were social worker Kristie Holmes, human rights lawyer Barbara Mulvaney, lawyer Zein Obagi, and sports executive Michael Shapiro. Lieu won the club's backing, the Los Angeles Times reports.
President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party have led a nationwide push to "get money out of politics," targeting wealthy conservative donors.
The Times Jean Merl notes: "Not surprisingly, the four candidates displayed similar views on most issues."
There are eight other candidates in the race, including independent spiritual guru Marianne Williamson, who was the first to challenge Waxman (before his retirement) and is already highly visible in parts of the district.
The primary election will be held June 3, and the Democrats will compete together with all other candidates.
Photo: AP/Reed Saxon