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When an independent expenditure committee to support Los Angeles city controller Wendy Greuel in her bid for mayor was announced earlier this month, organizers said that it would be financed by union and entertainment money.

With reports being filed with the city of Los Angeles Ethics Commission, some of the donors are being disclosed. Norman Lear has given $5,000 to the independent expenditure committee, Working Californians, which is planning a media campaign to support her candidacy. Lear and his wife, Lyn, already have donated the maximum $1,300 that they can give directly to Greuel’s campaign.

Lear is among the industry’s most prominent political activists, having founded People for the American Way and pushed for years for progressive causes.

Organized by political consultants Sean Clegg and Ace Smith, Working Californians has the backing of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18.

Greuel’s chief competitor, Eric Garcetti, has been critical of the outside spending. When plans were announced earlier this month for Working Californians, senior strategist Bill Carrick wrote to supporters that “a few people with a vested interest in the election, spending unlimited amounts of money to keep change from coming to City Hall is not what we need in Los Angeles.”

Rose Kapolczynski, Greuel’s campaign
director, said after the independent expenditure committee was announced that “entertainment industry leaders
and working families support Wendy Greuel because she means business
when it comes to job creation.”