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Follow the Money for Council: Selected LB Campaign Disclosure Data for 7th district

(February 12, 2002) -- In the public interest, posts below selected campaign contribution data for 7th Council district race.

Under LB's current City Charter, Councilmembers vote on issues impacting residents outside their own district, ranging from neighborhood development to citywide policies. That means, even if you live in another Council district, the 7th district Councilmember will be legally equal to (and can cancel out or amplify) the vote cast by your Councilmember.

The data below are from public record disclosure reports covering the period July 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001.

Below is a quick overview of the 7th district (we will separately post data for other Council races):

  • Tonia Reyes Uranga: Cash on hand (as of Dec. 31, 2001): $6,645.98. Since January 1, 2001, Ms. Uranga's campaign collected $16,289.00. All contributions, no loans.

  • Bobbie Smith: Cash on hand (as of Dec. 31, 2001): $6,285.00. Since January 1, 2001, Ms Smith's campaign had collected $7,032.00. No loans, all contributions.

  • Mike Donelon: Cash on hand (as of Dec. 31, 2001): $1,510.85. Since January 1, 2001, Mr. Donelon's campaign collected $2,350.00, including an $800 loan from himself.

    [We will post selected data for candidate Thomas R. Gonzalez as newsworthy in the future.]

    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 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.

  • Friends of Tonia for 7th district
    (July 1-Dec. 31, 2001)

    Monetary contributions:$16,289.00
    Beginning cash balance:$8,606.00
    Cash payments made:$9,447.25
    Ending cash balance: $6,645.98

    Monetary contributions

    12/15/01Gloria Cordero$100
    9/1/01Richard Gaylord$125
    9/1/01Richard Green$160
    11/8/01Don May$200
    9/4/01UWUA Political Contribution Committee$250

    Friends of Bobbie Smith
    (July 1-Dec. 31, 2001)

    Monetary contributions:$7,032.00
    Beginning cash balance: $0
    Cash payments made:$747.00
    Ending cash balance:$6,285.00

    Monetary Contributions

    12/18/01Carl A. Cohn$250
    10/3/01Christopher Steinhauser$150

    Committee To Elect Mike Donelon
    (July 1-Dec. 31, 2001)

    Monetary contributions:$2,350.00
    Beginning cash balance: $0
    Loans Received:$800 [Lender: Mike Donelon]
    Total payments:$839.15
    Ending cash balance:$1,510.85

    Monetary Contributions

    12/14/01Aerolease Long Beach$250
    11/30/01John Hancock$250
    12/7/01Jim Gray$100
    12/27/01Roy Hearrean$250 intends to post further campaign reporting data as newsworthy.

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