Are Super PACs 'Gutting' Spending Laws in LA Mayor's Race?

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Almost 30 years ago, Los Angeles voters approved strict spending limits on political campaigns. Individuals or corporations can contribute $1300 to a primary candidate and another $1300 if there's a runoff election. But in this year's race for Mayor, one third of the money raised by Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti — $6 out of $17 million — has come from so-called "Super PAC's" which have virtually no limits on them at all. Ben Bycel was executive director of the city's Ethics Committee, which oversees the process, in the 1990's.

Credits

Guest:
Benjamin Bycel - Los Angeles City Ethics Commission (formerly)

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Anna Scott, Kerry Cavanaugh, Christian Bordal