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DA candidate Kamala Harris’ campaign spending is approaching the $500,000 mark, outpacing incumbent District Attorney Terence Hallinan and criminal defense attorney Bill Fazio by a ratio of more than 2-to-1, according to new campaign finance statements. A flap over whether Harris broke the spending limit also appears resolved. The First District Court of Appeal on Wednesday denied Hallinan’s attempt to force the city to impose higher fines on Harris for breaking the limit. Harris filed her statement Wednesday, and Hallinan and Fazio filed theirs by the deadline Thursday: • Harris has spent $424,993 since July 2002, $147,991 of it in the latest reporting period, Sept. 21 through Oct. 18. The deputy city attorney has raised a total of $402,656 since July 2002, $54,375 of it in the most recent period. • Fazio has spent $182,737 since July 2002, $77,355 of it in the period ending Oct. 18. He has raised $228,510 since July 2002, $51,092 of it in the latest period. • Hallinan has spent $137,002 since July 2002, $31,013 of it in the most recent period. The incumbent has raised $132,487 since July 2002, $24,301 of it in the latest period. A recent poll paid for by a local political consulting firm indicated one-third of voters remained undecided about their choice for DA as of Oct. 14. Fazio has the most cash left in his war chest to spend wooing them, the campaign finance documents show. But more money is likely to pour into the campaign coffers in the two weeks before the Nov. 4 election, said Robert Stern, president of the Los Angeles-based Center for Governmental Studies, a nonpartisan research organization that studies campaign finance at local and state levels. “You’ll start seeing a lot of money,” he said. Heading into the final 17 days of the campaign, Harris is in the red, while Hallinan and Fazio are in the black. Harris reported $46,855 in debt with $25,988 in cash on hand. Hallinan has $24,860 on hand — nearly as much as Harris — and reports zero debt. Fazio’s only debt is $1,001 he owes himself, and he reports $45,772 still in the bank. The money raised and spent in this campaign far outstrips that of the last two DA races. With two weeks to go in the 1995 DA’s race, The Recorder reported that incumbent Arlo Smith had raised $194,637 — more than twice what then-challengers Fazio and Hallinan had raised. At about the same time in 1999, candidate Steven Castleman had raised more than $500,000, but he loaned himself $495,000 of that, according to the city’s campaign finance database. By the same time, Hallinan had raised $167,903, Fazio $110,111 and Matt Gonzalez $17,441, The Recorder reported. Harris and Fazio appear to be courting Asian voters. In addition to spending money on run-of-the-mill expenses like literature, staff salaries and office expenses, Harris has spent $2,100 to put a second Chinese-language commercial on cable television. And Fazio has spent $2,500 on print ads in Asian Week, the campaign finance statements show.

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