Follow the Money for Mayor: Selected LB Campaign Disclosure Data
(February 2, 2002) -- In the public interest, LBReport.com posts below selected campaign contribution data from public record disclosure reports covering the period July 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001.
The reports below were filed by the respective campaigns by the due date of January 31, 2002.
(LBReport.com will be posting selected Council district campaign data separately).
Below is a quick overview of salient candidates in the Mayor's race, followed by selected contributors:
Baker: Cash on hand (as of Dec. 31, 2001): $75,341.78. Since January 1, 2001, Mr. Baker's campaign received a whopping $178,022.00. All contributions, no loans.
O'Neill: Cash on hand (as of Dec. 31, 2001): $51,142.57. Since January 1, 2001, Ms. O'Neill's campaign collected $123,729.00 (includes a $10,000 loan from Ms. O'Neill to her campaign)
Ryan: Cash on hand (as of Dec. 31, 2001): $32,628.55. Since January 1, 2001, Mr. Ryan's campaign received $70,807, which includes nearly $40,000 Mr. Ryan has personally put into the campaign (two contributions totaling $14,900, plus a $20,000 loan and a $5,000 loan to the campaign).
Grabinski: Cash on hand (as of Dec. 31, 2001): $17,512.14. Since January 1, 2001, the Grabinski campaign collected $46,616 (all of it since July 1) in contributions (includes a $6,000 loan from Mr. Grabinski to the campaign).
And in the category of "covering all bases":
JetBlue CEO David Neeleman contributed to three competing Mayoral candidates: Dan Baker, Ray Grabinski and Beverly O'Neill ($150 to each)
Rob Hankins, Exec. Dir. of LB's Public Corporation for the Arts, contributed to Dan Baker ($200 total since Jan.) and Beverly O'Neill ($250 total).
Dan Berns (westside businessman) gave $500 to both Norm Ryan and Ray Grabinski.
Z Concepts Marketing Communications gave $500 to Dan Baker & Beverly O'Neill, and $250 to Ray Grabinski.
Helen Kellogg, mother of former LB City Councilman Jeff Kellogg, gave $100 to Beverly O'Neill and Ray Grabinski.
(As previously reported by LBReport.com, during the Jan. 1-June 30 2001 reporting period, Queen's Seaport Development, Inc. (the entity run by Mr. Joe Prevratil that operates the Queen Mary under lease with City Hall) and Mr. Kenneth Walker (Pres., Farmers & Merchants Bank) each gave $500 to Beverly O'Neill and Dan Baker).
The contributions to the candidates' campaigns may not be the only sums spent to influence voters in the coming weeks. Separate entities may also make their own "independent campaign expenditures" (for example, sending their own mailing that praises or lambastes a candidate) provided the activity is not controlled by or affiliated with a candidate's campaign.
The data indicated below are for the candidates' own campaigns. LB's citywide election is April 9, 2002.
In the interest of brevity, we are listing selected contributors (i.e. not all contributors or their occupations/employers are indicated below; there are simply too many).
One final note: contributions to political campaigns are legally protected first amendment political activity. At the same time, CA law gives the public the right to know about them and requires political campaigns to disclose them in periodic filings. As indicated below, they did.