Eric Garcetti may have wanted to keep outside groups from funding the Los Angeles mayor’s race, but his supporters say it’s time to fight fire with fire.

An independent group backed by Rick Jacobs of the Courage Campaign and Mary Jane Stevenson, who organized for President Obama in California, will raise money on behalf of Garcetti. With the primary just two and a half weeks away, the “Lots of People Who Support Eric Garcetti for Mayor 2013” PAC will focus its efforts on mobilizing voters for the May 21 runoff.

“Our job will be to get the message of who Eric Garcetti is, which is a strong, bold leader for today and the future, out to all the people,” Jacobs said.

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