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Beverly Hills News – Bobby Shriver Takes Fundraising Lead in 3rd District Supervisor’s Race

By Victoria Talbot

Former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver has taken the lead in fundraising for the Los Angeles County Supervisor’s race to fill the seat being vacated by incumbent Zev Yaroslovsky.

With $300,000 from his own pocket, candidate Shriver has collected $847,736 for his campaign from a “Who’s Who” of the entertainment world. Contributions have come in from the likes of Tom Hanks, Jerry Bruckheimer and Oprah Winfrey. Shriver has a network of supporters tied to his politically prominent family, being a nephew of President John F. Kennedy.

For Shriver, the maximum permitted donation is $300 since Shriver opted out of a voluntary spending limit of $1.4 million and added his own money to the race. He has received almost 2,000 small donations.

Shriver cam late to the race, declaring in January. His nearest rival is former state senator Sheila Kuehl with $717,000. Kuehl has been collecting contributions for nearly a year. She had been limited to a $1,500 maximum contribution until Shriver rejected the spending limit. She can now accept unlimited donations under county election rules.

West Hollywood Councilman John Duran has assumed third place with $187,000.

The Third District has over 2 million residents in Los Angeles County, including the wealthy enclaves if Pacific Palisades, Beverly Hills, Malibu, Santa Monica and Brentwood. With Five districts and a budget of $24.7 billion over a 4,000 square-mile radius governing 10 million constituents, the board is one of the most powerful in the nation. In March of 2002 voters limited terms to three consecutive four-year terms.

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