Money continues to flow into Inglewood Mayoral campaign coffers. While Inglewood Mayor James Butts, continues to get contributions from Inglewood businesses in exchange for breaks in City Hall, a growing coalition of Hollywood industry execs are supporting Butts’ opponent Marc T. Little. Some have contributed to Mayor Butts in his 2014 re-election bid.
Normally Mayor Butts enjoys the comfort of not having to run a full fledge campaign in his bid to become mayor. In 2011 he walked the streets of Inglewood alone and with no endorsements from any politicians besides the disgraced former Mayor Roosvelt Dorn. Many remember him saying he was “handpicked” by Dorn to become the next Mayor. Butts has also found himself the subject of news articles asserting he too is engaging in unethical behavior as Dorn.
Randy’s Donuts, who is allowed to film at its location, without the proper city permits, has contributed $5,000 to Mayor Butts. Pearl Media, who has images plastered along the 405 Freeway contributed $18,000. There has been rumblings that they are violating the State agreement requiring the products on the building being available for purchase within city limits. Fellow Republican councilwoman Olivia Valentine, from Hawthorne has given $1,000.
Despite their endorsements, neither Snoop Dogg or Shaquille O’Neal, have contributed to Mayor Butts campaign on the forms already submitted to the City Clerk. It is a long standing assertion that Snoop operates an illegal marijuana grow facility in city limits at 8729 Aviation Blvd, which could yield Mayor Butts some “off the record” cash.
No one from the Charges, Clippers or Rams have contributed to Mayor Butts either as of October 11th.
Marc Little serves as General Counsel of Faithful Central Bible Church and was the former CEO of Forum Enterprises Inc. Little also has a strong connection to the entertainment industry which explains their rallying around him in this election. Madison Square Garden (MSG) has also doubled their contribution to his campaign which now totals $300,000.
- Haim Saban (Saban Capital Group) $1,000
- David Geffen $1,000
- Joe Walsh (The Eagles) $1,000
- Vince Gill $1,000
- Ron Meyer (NBC Universal) $1,000
- Shane Mosley $1,000
- James Berkus (United Talent Agency) $1,000
- David Foster $1,000
- Kris Jenner $1,000
- Linda Rambis (LA Lakers) $1,000
The consistent line item amongst both Mayor Butts and Marc Little’s campaign is KJLH Radio who has run ads for both candidates. Many local businesses have been approached by the Little campaign to host events and have been turned down due to their allegiance to the Mayor and his ability to interfere with their business operations should they show support for Little. Inglewood voters should thank Stevie Wonder for remaining impartial in ensuring we hear both sides of the campaign.
Other candidates Brandon Meyers and Joe Soto have received small donations from Inglewood residents with one donating $4,000 to Soto.
It is crucial to note that Marc T. Little has managed to out fundraise Mayor Butts this election cycle.
**article was updated to reflect the most recent campaign contribution made by MSG**