LBREPORT.com Shows Updated 1st Council District Campaign Contribs And Their Sources:
|(Oct. 24, 2019, 7:35 p.m., updated Oct. 25, 3:50 p.m. and further updated Nov. 1) -- LBREPORT.com continues our "Follow the Money" coverage of the 1st Council district special election (vote by mail ballots flying now for Nov. 5 "election day") with updated campaign contribution/spending data submitted by the candidates' at today's filing deadline (Oct. 24.) The election outcome will put one of the candidates on LB's City Council where he/she will have a vote on City Hall budgets and spending, development/housing/land use issues and policy priorities citywide.
Although LB's 1st Council district has historically been a low voter turnout district, the increasing use of vote-by-mail ballots, changes in allowable vote-by-mail ballot delivery and last minute voter-registrations may change those figures. Voter turnout/ballots returned for the Nov. 5 non-regularly-scheduled winner-take-all/no runoff special election may or may not be lower than in previous 1sr district elections.
Mary Zendejas: Between Sept. 22-Oct 19, the Zendejas campaign collected $30,379 (incl. $104 non-monetary from Wayne Chaney), spent $46,075 and had $22,986 cash on hand with $9,472 in unpaid bills as of Oct. 21. Her campaign contributors included multiple organized labor entities, Dem party affiliated partisans and allied groups and development/business sources. They include: Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell (from his 2020 re-election campaign account: $2,500), LB Councilman Rex Richardson (from his contributor funded "officeholder account": $1,000.), L.A. County Business Federation ("BizFed", "strengthening the voice of business": $1,000), Ass'n of LB Employees PAC ($2,500), Women's Political Committee State Account ($2,500) and (using his personal funds) LB Councilman Roberto Uranga ($450.) The Zendejas campaign returned a $500 contribution it previously accepted from AES (operates Studebaker Rd. power plant) after 1st dist. candidate Elliot Gonzales (running on a LB "green new deal"/anti-global-warming platform) criticized Zendejas for accepting the contribution..
The Zendejas campaign's major expenditures went to political consulting firms: Overland Strategies (nearly $26,000, firm's principal is Derek Humphrey) and Progressive Solutions Consulting ($10,604, firm's campaign/policy director is Cory Allen; firm is also involved in campaign for 2nd dist. Council candidate Cindy Allen.)
As also previously reported by LBREPORT.com, Mayor Garcia's "2026 Lt. Gov. Committee," plus State Senator Gonzalez's 2019 election committee and LB Police Officers PAC each gave $10,000 -- for a total of $30,000 combined -- to the LB Firefighters Ass'n PAC which then spent over $5,700 [updated over $12,000] on an "independent expenditure" campaign to support electing Zendejas.
The financial bottom line: The Zendejas campaign has collected over $100,000 to date, and as of Oct. 30 had spent nearly 98,000. That's in addition to $12,000 in independent expenditures made by the LB Firefighters Ass'n PAC to date for an independent campaign supporting her election.
Ray Morquecho: Between Sept. 22 and Oct, 19, the Morquecho campaign collected $9,205, spent $15,943 and had $7,273 cash on hand with no unpaid bills. His campaign's contributors included the CA Apartment Ass'n PAC ($1,500), the Apt. Ass'n of CA Souther Cities ($1,000) and the LB Area Chamber of Commerce PAC ($1,000). Three Pabst related sources (Keegan, Kolby and Krosby) contributed a total of $1,500 (making $3,000 cumulative in the campaign); realtor Joe Sopo contributed $500 and a source marked "Long Beach Area Republicans" (using FPPC contributor code "OTH, e.g. business entity") came up with $50 (making $199 cumulative in the campaign.) The campaign's major expenditures were for a Sacramento consulting firm: Merino, Barajas & Associates (total of $15,012, indicates video, phone banking, consulting, internet, social media, postage) plus Yolanda Miranda and Associates ($1,500, professional services legal/accounting.)
The financial bottom line: The Morquecho campaign has collected $35,888 in the race and spent (as of Oct. 21) $28,614. To view the Morquecho campaign's report, click here.
Mariela Salgado: Between Sept. 22 and Oct. 19, the Salgado campaign collected $4,735 in cash and received $4,911 in non-monetary contributions. It spent $8,561 and as of Oct. 21 had $2,496 cash on hand with total outstanding debts of $1,100 ($500 of which is a loan from herself to her campaign.) After the filing period, the Salgado campaign also received a $1,000 contribution from Susan Rothwell (a retired Lakewood resident.) To view the Salgado campaign's report (Sept. 22-Oct. 19), click here.
Misi Tagaloa: Between Sept. 22 and Oct, 19, the Tagaloa campaign collected $2,600, spent $29,103 and had $13,187 cash on hand with $19.997 in unpaid bills (including a $10,000 loan from Mr. Tagaloa to his campaign.) However after the Oct. 19 filing period, Mr. Tagaloa contributed an additional $10,000 to his campaign (Oct. 22) (Mr. Tagaloa had previously contributed $32,000 to his campaign in addition to a $10,000 loan he personally made to his campaign.) To view the Tagaloa campaign's report, click here.
Joe Ganem: Between Sept. 22 and Oct. 19, the Ganem campaign collected $2,449, spent $4,074 ($555 cash payments + $3,519 in accrued expenses) and on Oct. 21 had $5,472 cash on hand with $6,493 in unpaid bills. Mr. Ganem's contributors were nearly all individuals who gave sums of $200 or less (one gave $250 in this period, for a total of $750 in the campaign.) For the entire campaign, Mr. Ganem's committee has collected $7,674 and spent $8,695 (of which $6,493 are accrued expenses.) To view the Ganem campaign's report, click here.click here.
Elliot Gonzales:Between Sept. 22 and Oct. 19, the Gonzales campaign collected $1,181, spent $1,311 (of which $600 are accrued expenses) and on Oct. 21 had $577 cash on hand. All of the Gonzales' campaign contributions during this period were $334 or less (totaled $1,288.) They include a $30 contribution from Stella Ursua, a LB Parks/Rec Comm'r. For the entire campaign, the Gonzalez campaign has received $3,939 (of which $925 were non-monetary contributions) and has spent $3,308 (per FPPC rules includes the non-monetary contrib.) To view the Gonzles campaign report, click here.
Shelbrae Black Between Sept. 22 and Oct. 19, the Black campaign received $112 in cash, a $300 loan, and a $150 non-monetary contribution. It spent $387 and appeared to end with a negative cash balance and outstanding debts of $1,180. To view the Black campaign report, click here.
As of 7 p.m. Oct. 24, the City Clerk's website didn't display additional campaign reports from the other candidates in the race. The campaigns have until 11:59 p.m. Oct. 24 to file. (If/when they file, we'll update this page.) Previous LBREPORT.com Follow the Money coverage here.
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