2nd Dist:Deluge: Over $120,000 Spent Since Jan. 1 To Put Cindy Allen On City Council ($70k+ From These Contribs + $50k+ From Two Indie Committees); Reform Ticket Candidate Robert Fox (Using Mainly His Own Money) Has Spent $60k+; Pearce Endorsee Lara About $10k, Barrera About $5.5k
|(Feb. 22, 2020, 10:20 a.m.) -- Continuing LBREPORT.com's "Follow the Money" coverage, newly filed campaign forms show that as of Feb. 15, 2020, over $120,000 has been spent since Jan. 1 to elect Cindy Allen to LB's 2nd district Council seat (being vacated by incumbent Jeannine Pearce.)
Since Jan. 1, 2020 two independent expenditure committees -- one funded by large contributions from local corporate interests (details below) plus a second run by the LB police officers union -- have spent sums totaling over $50,000 on political activities supporting Ms. Allen (the endorsee of Mayor Robert Garcia.) Those sums come on top of roughly $71,000 spent by the Allen-run campaign itself (contributions limited to $400) since Jan. 1.
An independent expenditure committee, currently named "Neighbors for a Better Long Beach" (operated under different names since its 2015 inception supporting Daryl Supernaw/opposing Herlinda Chico in the 4th district, in 2016 supported Wesley Turnbow in the 8th dist.) spent $5,000 between Jan. 19-Feb. 15 -- for a total spent since Jan. 1 of $36,247 -- supporting Ms. Allen in the 2nd district.
"Neighbors for a Better Long Beach's" contributors between Jan. 19 and Feb. 15 were:
In the second half of 2019, "Neighbors for a Better Long Beach" collected $46,000 from contributors including the CA Apt. Ass'n ($2,000), CREPAC (CA Real Estate: $40,000) and the LB Area Chamber of Commerce ($2,000) from which it spent $26,000 to support 1st dist. Council candidate Mariela Salgado (who finished second to Mary Zendejas in November 2019.) (The same independent expenditure committee has also spent $16,644 since Jan. 1 to re-elect Council incumbent Al Austin in the 8th district, separate coverage coming.) The 2nd and 8th district races are the only two with Reform Ticket candidates: Robert Fox (2nd) and Juan Ovalle (8th).
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Also in the 2nd district between Jan. 19 and Feb. 15, 2020, the LB Police Officers Ass'n PAC (running an independent campaign supporting Ms. Allen) spent $1,909 (postage for mailer) + $4,436 (design/printing/mailhouse mailers) + $2,700 (voter data) + $4.058 (design/printing/mailhouse mailer) + $1,909 (postage for mailer) for a total spent since Jan. 1 of $15,196 supporting Ms. Allen
Ms. Allen's own campaign (contributions limited to $400 per election cycle) received $15,525 in contributions (includes $525 in non-monetary contributions) between January 19 and Feb. 15, 2020 and spent 47,146 for a total of $71,606 spent by her candidate-run committee since January 1. As of Feb, 15, the Allen-run committee reported $15,811 cash on hand with $4,600 in accrued (unpaid) expenses.
The Allen-run campaign form lists 24 salaried individuals [most paid a few hundred dollars each] between Jan. 19 and Feb. 15..
The Allen-committee's contributors between Jan. 19 and Feb. 15, 2020 include (not a complete list):
(The above contributors to the Allen campaign are in addition to a lengthy list previously reported by LBREPORT.com here.)
Ms. Allen herself has previously contributed sums to support the re-elections of Mayor Garcia, Councilmembers Lena Gonzalez (now state Senator), Suzie Price, Stacy Mungo [in June 2018 runoff; contributed sum in Feb. 2018 to 5th dist. challenger Rich Dines when Corliss Lee was vying with Dines for a runoff spot], Roberto Uranga, Al Austin (2016), Rex Richardson and most recently to 1st district Nov. 2019 Council candidate (Garcia-Gonzalez endorsee) Mary Zendejas.
Ms. Allen owned ETA Advertising which had a six figure contract with the City of LB (visible visible here) and declared her 2nd dist. Council candidacy in mid-October (LBREPORT.com coverage here) after stating that she had divested herself of ETA Advertising. Until mid-June 2018, ETA Advertising owned/operated LBPost.com, which was acquired by and is now owned/operated by a subsidiary of Pacific6 Enterprises.
As of Feb. 15, Reform Ticket candidate Robert Fox reported receiving $4,274 and spending $60,967 since Jan. 1. On entering the race last year, Mr. Fox (a LB independent business owner) put up $50,000 of his own money to launch his campaign ($10,000 of which his campaign has legally booked as a loan.) Between Jan. 19 and Feb. 15, the Fox campaign received $2,574 in contributions from contributors including LB community advocates Laurie Angel (8th dist: $100), Jane Nadeau (8th dist: $100) and Joan Greenwood (Wrigley area: $300.) As of Feb. 15, the Fox campaign reported an ending cash balance $37,823 with accrued expenses (unpaid bills) of $40,183 (owned to Nick Rose for various campaign expenses.).
As of Feb. 15, 2020, Dr. Eduardo Lara (CSULB Professor and endorsee of exiting incumbent Jeannine Peace) had collected $10,891. His campaign contributors between Jan. 19 and Feb. 15 included AFSCME union local 3634 ($400), CSULB Prof. Gary Hytreck ($100) and Irma Archuleta (former LBCC Trustee, $100.) Dr. Lara's campaign has spent $15,700 since Jan. 1 (which includes $5,234 in accrued expenses/unpaid bills) and as of Feb. 15 reports an ending cash balance of $3,118.
Since Jan 1, Jeanette Barrera's campaign has collected $3,217 (sum includes $2,375 loan from Bank of America.) Her campaign has as of Feb. 15 spent $5,561 (which includes $2,345 in accrued expenses/unpaid bills.) As of Feb 15, the Barrera campaign reported an ending cash balance of $800.
As of Feb. 15, Nigel Lifsey's campaign has spent a little under $1,000, Ryan Lum's campaign has spent a little over $200. Jesus Cisneros had no visible contribution/expenditure report on the City Clerk's website.
The 2nd dist. race has seven ballot-listed candidates. If no candidate receives over 50%+1 of the vote in the March 3 election (with vote by mail ballots flying now), the top two finishers proceed to a November 2020 runoff.
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