LONG BEACH, Calif. – Despite the Los Angeles political machine’s efforts to buy the Long Beach mayoral race for their buddy career lobbyist Rex Richardson, new fundraising reports show Suzie Price holding on to a substantial, community-based fundraising and cash-on-hand lead.
In the reporting period from September 25 to October 22, Price raised $145,556 – nearly three times the amount of Richardson. Reports also reveal that as we enter the final week of the election, Richardson only has $20,235 in the bank, compared to Price’s $263,999: a nearly $250,000 advantage for Price.
“Unlike my lobbyist opponent, whose campaign is almost entirely funded by the Los Angeles political machine that was caught in the middle of a backroom deal to redistrict one of the most important and powerful cities in the country for personal political gain, our campaign has fought hard for every single dollar from people who live in and love Long Beach,” Price said. “As we head into this final week, our priority will continue to be what it has been since launching our campaign in January: connecting with residents and sharing our distinct vision for a safer, more equitable, and more prosperous Long Beach — in every neighborhood of our great city. From the bottom of my heart: thank you to everyone who has donated to, volunteered for, and connected with our campaign. In contrast to my opponent, our campaign and my hopeful mayorship have always been and will always be exclusively about better serving the residents of Long Beach.”
What we have seen is other Long Beach elected officials fundraising then sending those funds to democrat parties who then use the funds on Richardson’s behalf.
“Uduak-Joe Ntuk donated another $9800 to Richardson’s campaign this filing period not including the thousands he gave to labor unions that are also supporting Rex,” said a political analyst who wished to remain anonymous. “Uduak is moving money thru the unions to fund Rex’s campaign.”
It is critical to note that Ntuk is currently up for reelection to the Long Beach Unified school board but is running unopposed which gives him opportunity to raise funds and send elsewhere.
“It’s like Uduak is a shell company for Rex’s campaign,” said the analyst. “School board and college board members don’t have contribution limits and Rex does so you have donors donate to Uduak and Uduak sends that money to a PAC and/or the Unions to spend on Rex’s campaign.”
To see how Uduak has been moving money to help Rex click here.