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More Money for Mayor: Selected LB Campaign Disclosure Data

(March 11, 2002) -- In the public interest, posts below selected campaign contribution data from public record disclosure reports covering the period January 1, 2002 through February 23, 2002.

( will be posting selected Council district campaign data separately).

Below is a quick overview of salient candidates in the Mayor's race, ranked by cash on hand, followed by selected contributors:

  • O'Neill: Cash on hand (as of Feb. 23, 2002): $49,615.21. From Jan. 1, 2002-Feb. 23, 2002, the O'Neill campaign reported receiving $47,512 in contributions. (In 2001, the O'Neill campaign received $123,729.00, including a $10,000 loan from Ms. O'Neill to her campaign).

  • Ryan: Cash on hand (as of Jan. 31, 2002): $33,656.00. From Jan. 1, 2002-Jan. 31, 2002, the Ryan campaign reported receiving $2,900. (In 2001, the Ryan campaign received $73,707, including nearly $40,000 Mr. Ryan has personally put into his campaign (two contributions totaling $14,900, plus a $20,000 loan and a $5,000 loan to the campaign).

  • Baker: Cash on hand (as of Feb. 23, 2002): $27,959.11. From Jan. 1, 2002-Feb. 23, 2002, the Baker campaign reported receiving $26,970 in contributions. (In 2001, the Baker campaign received $178,022.00). All contributions, no loans.

  • Grabinski: Cash on hand (as of Feb. 23, 2002): $23,353.19. From Jan. 1, 2002-Feb. 23, 2002, the Grabinski campaign reported receiving $14,115. (In 2001, the Grabinski campaign collected $46,616, including a $6,000 loan from Mr. Grabinski.
  • In our "covering all bases" category during the period Jan. 1-Feb. 23, 2002:

  • Earth Tech contributed $600 to the campaigns of Beverly O'Neill, Dan Baker and Ray Grabinski.
  • Aerolease, which gave $500 to the Baker campaign last year, gave $600 to the Grabinski campaign in the most recent reporting period.
  • Queen's Seaport Development, Inc. (the entity run by Mr. Joe Prevratil that operates the Queen Mary under lease with City Hall) contributed an additional $100 to the Baker campaign after giving $500 to O'Neill and Baker campaigns last year.

  • Tidelands Oil Production Co. gave $600 to the O'Neill campaign after giving a total of $600 ($100 in the most recent period, $500 last year) to the Baker campaign and $500 last year to the Grabinski campaign.
  • Kambiz Babaoff (Ensemble Real Estate Services) contributed $600 to the O'Neill campaign after contributing $500 to the Baker campaign last year.

  • Helen Kellogg, mother of former LB City Councilman Jeff Kellogg, gave an additional $100 to the Grabinski campaign after giving $100 to the O'Neill and Grabinski campaigns last year.

    As previously reported by based on campaign finance reports covering 2001:

  • 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 the Ryan and Grabinski campaigns.
  • Z Concepts Marketing Communications gave $500 to Dan Baker & Beverly O'Neill, and $250 to Ray Grabinski.
  • 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.

    Dan Baker for Mayor
    (Jan 1-Feb 23, 2002)

    Monetary contributions:$26,970.00
    Beginning cash balance:$75,341.78
    Cash payments made:$74,359.61
    Ending cash balance: $27,959.11

    Monetary contributions include:

    2/6/02Affiliated Development Group$100 (total for campaign: $600)
    2/23/02Anschutz Southern California Sports Complex$600
    2/23/02Phillip Appleby$100 (total for campaign: $600)
    1/15/02Earth Tech$600
    2/6/02Richard Green$100
    1/18/02LB Lambda Democratic Club$100 (total for campaign: $600)
    2/23/02LB Police Officers Ass'n PAC$600
    2/6/02Jeri Medak$100 (total for campaign: $600)
    2/23/02Queens Seaport Development Inc.$100 (total for campaign: $600)
    2/6/02Tidelands Oil Production Co.$100 (total for campaign: $600)
    2/235/02Steve Westly$100 (total for campaign: $600)

    Committee to Write-In Beverly O'Neill for Mayor
    (July 1-Dec. 31, 2001)

    Monetary contributions:$47,512.00
    Beginning cash balance: $50,520.49
    Cash payments made:$48,417.28
    Ending cash balance:$49,615.21

    Monetary contributions include:

    2/6/02James H. Ackerman$100 (total for campaign $600)
    2/6/02Kamiz Babaoff [Ensemble Real Estate Services]$600
    2/12/02John R. Calhoun$100 (total for campaign: $600)
    2/21/02City Light & Power$100 (total for campaign: $600)
    2/6/02Thomas J. Clark$100 (total for campaign: $300)
    2/21/02Diane C. Creel$100 (total for campaign: $600)
    2/1/02Earth Tech$600
    2/21/02Thomas Fields$100 (total for campaign: $600)
    2/5/02James H. Gray$100 (total for campaign: $600)
    2/1/02Randal J. Hernandez$100
    2/6/02Hilton Long Beach$600
    2/5/02John E. Kashiwabara$100 (total for campaign: $600)
    2/13/02Stephen R. Oettinger$100 (total for campaign: $600)
    2/6/02Carmen O. Perez$100 (total for campaign: $600)
    2/8/02Jean Bixby Smith$100 (total for campaign: $600)
    2/21/02Tidelands Oil Production Co.$600

    Ray Grabinski For Mayor
    (Jan. 1-Feb. 23, 2002)

    Monetary contributions:$14,115.00
    Beginning cash balance: $17,512.14
    Total payments:$8,273.95
    Ending cash balance:$23,353.19

    Monetary contributions include:

    1/13/02Aerolease Long Beach$600
    2/4/02Democrats 2000 Committee$200
    1/18/02Earth Tech$600
    2/8/02Dr. Robert Gumbiner$600
    2/2/02Helen Kellogg$100 (total for campaign: $200)

    Friends of Norm Ryan - 2002
    (Jan 1-Jan 31, 2002)

    Monetary contributions:$2,900
    Beginning cash balance: $32,628.55
    Total payments:$1,872.55
    Ending cash balance:$33,656.00

    Monetary contributions include:

    1/14/02L.A. County Lincoln Club$500 intends to post further campaign reporting data as newsworthy.

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