' Follow the Money: See Details Of Vice Mayor Richardson $70k Re-Election Campaign Contribs; Of Those Giving Over $100, Only 14 Listed NLB Zip Code 90805...And Only 8 Were Individuals Listing 9th dist. Addresses '
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Follow the Money: See Details Of Vice Mayor Richardson $70k Re-Election Campaign Contribs; Of Those Giving Over $100, Only 14 Listed NLB Zip Code 90805...And Only 8 Were Individuals Listing 9th dist. Addresses


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(Aug. 3, 2017, 10:20 a.m., add'l content/details added Aug. 6, 3:20 p.m.) -- On July 31, Vice Mayor Rex Richardson Tweeted that he was off to a "record breaking" start by collecting slightly over $70,000 in re-election campaign contributions in the first half of 2017 "thanks to my neighbors, friends and family." However an examination of his campaign contribution report by LBREPORT.com shows that of 286 financial supporters [cited in his press release] of whom 228 are itemized by name (having contributed over $100), only fourteen listed NLB zip code 90805...and of those only eight were individuals listing addresses that appear to be in the 9th Council district (five were NLB-addressed businesses, one 90805 individual was outside the 9th dist.)

Richardson's other re-election contributors included multiple labor union PACs, corporate entities (including BNSF RR, UP RR, Westland Industries and some privately retained advocates/lobbyists, linka and details below.

[Details added Aug. 6] Vice Mayor Richardson also collected $30,000 and disbursed $20,975 (total includes sums previously collected) from his officeholder account.

To view all contributors/expenditures for his re-election campaign account, click here. To view all officeholder account contributors/disbursements, click here.

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Contributors to Vice Mayor Richardson's re-election campaign committee included:

Rendon For Assembly 2014
ContributorAmountLBREPORT.com notes
Costa Mesa Firefighters Ass'n PAC$400
El Segundo Firefighters Ass'n PAC$400
Firefighters For Better Gov't, Camarillo$400
Huntington Beach Firefighters Ass'n PAC$400
Fullerton Firefighters Ass'n PAC$400
OC Professional Firefighters Ass'n PAC$400
Long Beach Firefighters PAC$400
Long Beach Police Officers Ass'n PAC$400
Plumbers Local 78 PAC$400
Int'l Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11$400
So. Cal District Council of Laborers PAC$400
Southern CA Pipe Trades Dist. 16$400
Laborers' Int'l Union of North America, Local 1309 PAC$400In late May 2017, a member of the union local's leadership, Josh LaFarga, bought a house and moved into LB's 9th Council district, and on July 14, Mayor Robert Garcia (who received $1,000 contributions to his "officeholder account" from the union PAC in May 2016 and May 2017) nominated Mr. LaFarga to fill a vacancy on LB's Planning Commission (created by the simultaneously announced resignation of one of its members, effective in October.) Richardson was among a unanimous Council that approved the appointment (8-0, Gonzalez self-recused.)
Laborers' Int'l Union of North America, Local 652 PAC$400
UFCW Local 770 PAC$400
L.A. and OC Building & Construction Trades PAC$400
Sheet Metal Workers Int'l Ass'n Local 105 PAC$400
United Firefighters of Los Angeles Local 111 PAC$400
Unite Here Local 11 PAC$400
UA Journeymen & Apprentices Local 250 PAC$400
UFCW Local 324 PAC$400
Mr. & Mrs. Gary DeLong$400 x 2Retired 3rd dist. Councilman & spouse
Tracy Egoscue$100Harbor Comm'r
Lori Ann Farrell$300Harbor Comm'r
Frank Colonna$100Real estate broker, retired 3rd. Councilman, recently appointed Harbor Comm'r
Stella Ursua$100Member Parks/Rec Comm'n
Cynthia Allen$400President ETA Advertising. Ms. Allen is publisher of LBPost.com
BNSF Railway$400Currently appealing trial court ruling that struck down LA-offered EIR for proposed So. Cal Gateway (SCIG) railyard adjoing WLB neighborhood.
UP RR Co.$400
Grand Prix Ass'n of LB$400
HNTB Holdings PAC$400
$400Now Assembly Speaker
Lucy Johnson$100Partner, iSwim coach, Development Dir. Aquatics Capital of America Foundation, strongly supports proposed Belmont Beach Aquatics Center.
Westland Industries$400
Yaakov & Sarah Greenspan$400
Las Vegas Residential Properties$400
Oxbow Energy Solutions$400Operates Port of LB facility handling exports of coal and petroleum coke
Synergy Oil & Gas$400
Tesoro Companies, Carson$400
Pacific Merchant Shipping Ass'n PAC$400Represents shipping interests in Ports of LB, L.A. and along west coast
Nanette Barragan for Congress$100

Caveats: It's unknown how many of 58 contributions (286-228) under $100 may be from NLB residents. In addition, contributor-listed zip codes may not necessarily show their residence (a NLB resident may list his/her work/business address outside Long Beach.)

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In a release announcing his campaign contributions, Vice Mayor Richardson stated: "I'm grateful to my family, friends, neighbors, and supporters for contributing and being a part of my re-election campaign. We're off to a record-breaking start and I want to thank everyone for helping provide the resources we need to run a successful campaign...Because of your hard work, we will continue our fight to ensure that every neighborhood in Long Beach is treated fairly, and make our city work smarter, be more inclusive, and responsive to the needs of residents."

[Richardson campaign release text] Richardson received contributions from 286 supporters with an average contribution of $244.86. His total fundraising amount is the most raised in the first reporting period in city council history.

An agent of change, Richardson has brought a refreshing and collaborative approach to revitalizing North Long Beach and innovating government. Hes worked to create jobs through investment in infrastructure, champion responsible growth and development, restore vital public safety services, and empower residents through civic engagement and participatory budgeting. Richardson is a leading voice on community equity, ensuring city resources and development reach every Long Beach neighborhood.

Richardson grew up a free lunch kid in a working-class family. A turning point in his life was the moment he received his college acceptance letter. After serving as student body president in college, Richardson became a community organizer in South Los Angeles County, and later joined the City of Long Beach as Chief of Staff to Long Beach's 9th Council District.

In 2014, Richardson became the youngest in history to be elected to the Long Beach City Council and currently serves as the city's Vice Mayor, also the youngest in Long Beach history. He and his wife, Nina, are homeowners and are raising two young daughters in North Long Beach.

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Richardson's officeholder account contributions in the first six months of 2017 reached the year's allowable maximum of $30,000, and the contributors included:

ContributorAmountLBREPORT.com notes
AES$750Operates power plant on Studebaker Rd.
Apartment Ass'n, CA Southern Cities$500
Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce PAC$250
BNSF Railway$750
CA Teamsters PAC$750
Gary DeLong$500Retired 3rd dist. Councilman
Ensemble Investments$500
IBEW$750
Laborers' Int'l Union of North America, Local 1309 PAC (Feb.28)$400In late May 2017, a member of the union local's leadership, Josh LaFarga, bought a house and moved into LB's 9th Council district, and on July 14, Mayor Robert Garcia (who received $1,000 contributions to his "officeholder account" from the union PAC in May 2016 and May 2017) nominated Mr. LaFarga to fill a vacancy on LB's Planning Commission (created by the simultaneously announced resignation of one of its members, effective in October.) Richardson was among a unanimous Council that approved the appointment (8-0, Gonzalez self-recused.)
Long Beach Firefighters PAC$750
Long Beach Police Officers Ass'n PAC$750
So. Cal District Council of Laborers PAC$750
Southern CA Pipe Trades Dist. 16$400
UFCW Local 324 PAC$750
UFCW Western States Council PAC$750
Unite Here Local 11 PAC$750
Tesoro Companies, Carson$750
Oxbow Energy Solutions$750Operates Port of LB facility handling exports of coal and petroleum coke
Synergy Oil & Gas$400
Re-Elect Aja Brown for Mayor 2017$750Mayor of Compton's re-election PAC

Richardson used his officeholder account to make disbursements ($250 each) to the re-election committees of Council incumbents Lena Gonzalez and Roberto Uranga and to LB School Board member Megan Kerr.

Other recipients included the CA Conference for Equality and Justice ($450), National Council of Negro Women ($200), Participatory Budgeting Project ($300), Southern Christian Leadership Conference of So. Cal ($1,000), Speak Up Empowerment Foundation ($250) and the YMCA of Greater Long Beach ($1,000).

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Vice Mayor Richardon was previously Chief of Staff to one-term 9th dist. Councilman Steven Neal [unsuccessfully sought Assembly seat] and (source: ballotpedia.com) was a political and community coordinator for SEIU [Service Employees Int'l Union] Local 721.

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