[The following information was taken from a press release issued by Dennis Zine's campaign office].
With support from more than 1,000 donors, Councilmember Dennis Zine continues to gain momentum in his campaign to become the City's next Controller. The Zine for Controller campaign received a total of $535,000 and roughly doubled the overall number of donors during the reporting period that ended June 30, 2012.
"I'm elated by the outpouring of support for my candidacy from people throughout our City," noted Zine. "For more than a decade, I've worked to give the people of my District a voice at City Hall. As Controller, I'll continue to represent the best interests of Angelenos, protecting tax dollars and improving public trust in government."
Dennis Zine has given his life to public service, serving as an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department for 33 years before being elected in 2001 to represent the 3rd Council District. Zine currently Chairs the Council's Audits & Governmental Efficiency Committee where he has taken on scandal-ridden agencies, reduced wasteful spending practices, and improved transparency in government. Zine also has a record of keeping his own office consistently under budget, accruing surplus funds that have been used to support critical but under-funded public services.
"Our message of fiscal accountability is resonating and our grassroots campaign continues to expand," said Zine. "Together we will work to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in city government and ensure the prudent use of taxpayers dollars for essential public services."
In addition to his broad based financial support, Dennis Zine has received the endorsement of local leaders throughout Los Angeles, including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, District Attorney Steve Cooley, County Sheriff Lee Baca, City Councilmembers Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar, Tom LaBonge, Mitch Englander, Bill Rosendahl, and Ed Reyes. Zine is also backed by the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the Los Angeles Port Police Association, the Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Officers Association, and the Los Angeles/Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council.