Garcia Council Campaign (To Dec. 31/08) Two Largest Contributors Are Police/Fire Unions; Others Include Multiple Cigar/Tobacco/Smoking Related Firms, Lobbyists & Developer Reps/Consultants
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(Jan. 30, 2009, updated w/ candidate response) -- Materials filed by the campaign to make Robert Garcia LB's next 1st district Councilmember indicate that during the period ending Dec. 31, 2008, the largest sums came from LB's two public public safety employee unions, followed by multiple cigar/smoking/tobacco related businesses and several lobbyists/developer reps.
The two largest contributions during the reporting period ($2,500 each, the legal maximum per PAC) came from the political action committees for LB's Police and Firefighter unions...which endorsed Mr. Garcia before the filing period for other candidates had opened.
As previously reported by LBReport.com, the unions video recorded questions they asked Council candidates, including Mr. Garcia, but LB's police union rep, Lt. Steve James has refused to let the public see/hear the recordings. (Mr. Garcia has said he doesn't object to release of his recording).
A number of campaign contributions, including some at the $1,000 maximum for non-PAC contributors, came from cigar/smoking/tobacco related businesses. [A proposal to amend LB's current No Smoking ordinance to facilitate certain smoking/cigar/hookah lounges is on the February 3 City Council agenda and has stirred controversy.]
The filing indicates that the Garcia campaign collected $33,602 as of Dec. 31. Of that amount, $2,328 comes from unitemized contributions of less than $100.
The Garcia campaign made an online effort to collect contributions under $100 online. At year's end, the campaign website sought contributions of $100, $50 or $25 online that could "be counted for the first reporting period" [that is, now].
LBReport.com has listed and sorted salient contributors by the amount contributed. :
|12/18/08||LB Police Officers Ass'n Political Action Committee||$2,500|
|12/18/08||LB Firefighters Political Action Committee||$2,500|
|12/31/08||A Side Inc. DBA Cohiba Night Club, Surfside CA 90743||$1,000|
|12/31/08||Anto's Cigar Lounge, Inc., LB 90803||$1,000|
|12/31/08||Bo's Cigars, LB 90808||$1,000|
|12/31/08||Smokey Joe LLC, LB 90806||$1,000|
|12/18/08||Jenny Oropeza for State Senate||$1,000|
|12/18/08||Joshua Lowenthal, LB 90814||$1,000|
|12/28/08||George Medak, LB 90803||$1,000|
|12/31/08||Brian O'Leary Bennett, LB 90803||$1,000|
|12/18/08||Murchison Consulting, Inc. LB 90806||$1,000|
|12/31/08||Mitchell Rouse [business address] Gardena, CA 90249||$1,000|
|12/19/08||Cloy J. [Michael] Walter [Harbor Comm'r]||$1,000|
|12/31/08||Meta Housing Corporation, Los Angeles 90025||$1,000|
|12/31/08||The 6400 Corporation DBA SeaPort Marina Hotel, LB 90803||$800|
|12/18/08||Phillip R. Appleby, LB 90802||$500|
|12/31/08||Long Beach Yellow Cab Cooperative Inc., Gardena 90249||$500|
|12/31/08||Frank Colonna, LB 90803||$500|
|12/31/08||John Molina, LB 90803||$500|
|12/31/08||Michelle Molina, LB 90803||$500|
|12/21/08||William Simons, LB 90806||$500|
|12/31/08||Vopak North America & Subsidiaries, Houston TX 77027||$500|
|12/28/08||Sean Zullo [Exec. Dir. Choices Recovery Services]||$300|
|12/31/08||Big Daddy's Cigars, LB 90803||$250|
|12/21/08||Leslie Gentile, LB 90803||$250|
|12/31/08||Gerald Miller, LB 90815||$250|
|12/31/08||Taylor's Tobacco House, Inc. LB 90808||$250|
|12/31/08||Albert Briones, LB 90814 (Owner Smoke Temple Cigar Shop)||$250|
|12/19/08||Theresa Bixby, LB 90805 [lists herself as Children Today co-founder]||$250|
|12/18/08||Brian Ulaszewski, LB 90813||$100|
|12/24/08||Committee to Elect Larry Forrester, Signal Hill||$100|
|12/21/08||Craig Smith [CSULB Prof]||$100|
|12/31/08||Jack C. Smith||$100|
To view the full list of contributors, click here
Candidates who received or expended more than $1,000 for their campaigns are required to file the disclosures on or before Feb. 2.
[update] Canidate response: Candidate Garcia Comments On His Campaign Contributions
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