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How big money reaches city races : Donors are limited in gifts to candidates, but not to the committees that pay to back them.

Days before Angelenos head to the polls, big-money committees with wealthy backers are still pouring money into local races.

This week, a Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored group spent $80,000 on radio ads praising City Councilman Gil Cedillo, who faces a sharp challenge from bike activist Joe Bray-Ali to represent a district that includes Lincoln Heights, Chinatown and Westlake.

The Spanish-language ads, which will air through election day, focus on Cedillo's history of

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