I trotted down to Irvine city hall and plunked over $23.80 for the full financial disclosures of all the candidates for Irvine City Hall next month.
The Register did me a favor (and saved me a ton of time) by breaking down how much money each candidate snagged and what percentage of it came from Irvine. Here is the link.
Before I really get started, I have stated on this board before that I was uncomfortable with the amount of outside money raised by Irvine candidates and this would include Sukhee Kang who is atop theleader board with nearly $144K raised.
John Duong came in second with $101K, but as the Register noted, only 13.5 percent of Duong’s contributions (in the amount of about $13.7K) came from Irvine. 42 of his 306 donors are Irvine voters and of those 42 are Mr. Duong and his wife ($390 each), Councilmember Shea ($100), candidate Bill Mavity ($390). Mavity also wrote a check to Shea for $390 while Shea wrote a check to Mavity for $100 (c’mon Christina, don’t you believe in your own candidates?).
Many of the Irvine only contributions are husband and wife teams and don’t represent the “huge response from Irvine residents” that Bartett described in his post “Irvine Money Chase.” Huge is a relative term here and Allen’s post (or should I say, “George’s” post?) is misleading once you look at the financial statements and many voters here won’t (Allen, you continue to whine about the Hometown Vote Guide as being illegal and unethical and partisan when your slate of candidates has signed up for the “OC Republican Leadership Voter Guide”– so again, I pose to you, partisan politics for Republicans = good; partisan politics for anyone else = bad?).
If memory serves me right, Councilmember Shea’s contributions pale in comparison to her previous races for office and Mr. Mavity has raised less than $8K himself, and is floating a loan in excess of $20K for his own campaign.
So let’s strip outside funding away from a moment. Based on Irvine-only contributions (and inlcuding all loans made by candidates to their own campaigns), here’s the real leader board:
Beth Krom: $45,524.00
Suhkee Kang: $36,826
Bill Mavity, $20,491
Christina Shea: $19,426
Mary Ann Gaido: $16,005
and dead last, John Duong with $13,705
Take away the loans paid to a candidate’s campaign from their own checkbook, Krom still holds more than a 2-to-1 advantage over Duong. Mavity would drop below Duong.
Mr. Duong walked my neighborhood last week; good territory for him with lots of Republicans. I missed him or he didn’t knock on my door.
But the reaction from my neighbors who sought me out afterwards was priceless: “He’s just 33! He says he was a Bush (43) appointee and worked for (Pete) Wilson, can you believe that?!” (HT to my neighbor Jeff for telling the story which such gusto and laughter). I told Jeff, it’s true.
It’s pretty bad when a liberal Dem has to confirm basic facts about a Republican candidate to a Republican voter.
Duong has little financial support from the voters he needs votes from to win. I expect the mud to start flinging soon with the war chest he’s built up.
And while Duong continues to retell his boat people story to each of my neighbors, well, that was 24-25 years ago and he has done quite well for himself since then.
But Beth Krom is running a city, raising three kids and attending to a husband who is disabled and is active with her own aging parents who have relocated here from Western New York. It is something to have done something courageous once in your life, but its quite another to show courage every single day. And she does.
I would love to restrict this election cycle to contributions only from Irvine voters. But it won’t be the case.