|(Feb. 1, 2018, 4:35 a.m.) -- A political campaign committee calling itself "Friends of Long Beach, Sponsored by the Hotel and Hospitality Industry" filed initial paperwork on September 19, 2017, indicated its sponsored industry group or affiliation as "hotel and hospitality," described its activity as "to support or oppose local candidates," subsequently amended its filing on November 9 to delete its indication as a sponsored committee and changed its name to simply "Friends of Long Beach," and in the period between September 5 and December 31, 2017 collected $180,997 and as of December 31, 2017 had $170,879 cash on hand.
Friends of Long Beach had six monetary contributors: four of whom were business entities, and three of which -- Long Beach Hotel Properties, LLC (9/5/17); HHLB Hotel Investments, LLC (11/3/17); and Ruffin Hotels, L.P. dba Long Beach Marriott (9/5/17) -- gave $49,999 each.
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American Life, Inc. [to which the City Council voted on Dec. 12, 2017 (8-0, motion by Pearce, Richardson absent) to give 80% of hotel room tax revenue for the first nine years of the company's operation of its current-conceptual luxury hotel to be built at the SE corner of Pine/Ocean) gave $5.000 (9/29/17).
Two individuals contributed sums: John Molina (former CFO/Trustee Molina Healthcare, Inc.) gave $25,000 (12/29/17) and Kristie Pabst (Real Estate Agent/Pabst-Kinney) gave $1,000 (12/8/17.)
During the first four months of its existence, Friends of Long Beach spent about $10k on a local campaign handler and various political campaign expenses but also signaled one of its priorities: it gave $1,000 to the Committee to Support the Recall Councilmember Jeannine Pearce.
As a city general purpose campaign committee, Friends of Long Beach could involve itself in various races and election items of its choosing.
It's not known (yet) how much "Friends of Long Beach" raised or spent since Jan. 1 or for what purposes...or exactly who's making its decisions.
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