TeamIrvine.org is coming into Tuesday city hall elections with perhaps the worst fundraising record of a political slate on record in Irvine.
In filings obtained from City Hall yesterday, through October 18, Mayoral candidate Christina Shea has raised $32,919; her opponent, Council member Sukhee Kang was over $160,000 for the same period with about 30 percent of that from Irvine voters.Â What’s worse for Shea is that she’s spent $43,864.Â There are no loans made and she shows zero in debt and has a cash balance of $6,265.33 going into the election.Â I know math wasn’t my greatest subject in school, but perhaps someone can explain how you take in nearly $33K, spend nearly $44K, have no loans adn still haveÂ a balance?Â Nice fiscal responsibility.Â And she wants control over millions in Irvine’s budget?Â Ah, no.
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Of the three Steven Choi fares the best as he’s raised nearly $61,000 largely from shaking down the same Korean Americans and Korean American groups who contributed ot Sukhee Kang’s campaign earlier.Â There are a considerable number of “Transfer from Affiliate Steven Choi for Assembly 2010 transactions — 46 in all which I’m told is legal if you have permission from the donor.Â Two thoughts here:Â there is a Steven Choi for Assembly 2010 committee already formed (for Chuck DeVore’s seat) and he hasn’t been re-elected and Choi needs to produce 46 “yes, it’s OK to transfer my donation to his city council race” letters from donors.Â
Lt. Pat Rodgers has raised about $18,000 through October 18; with $15 coming from a loan to himself.Â Pitiful.Â
Conversely, Margie Wakeham and Todd Gallinger, mkaing first time runs for the City Council have raised abotu $47,000 and $44,000 each, respectively.Â So what does that say about what’s left of Christina Shea’s popularity when an openly Muslim candidate she’s helping to smear has outraised her in only a few months?
I ask my neighbors who they are voting for this November in the city elections.Â They pause at Mayor, mostly because many are unsure of how to pronounce Sukhee Kang’s first name.Â But the answer that comes up most often is, “Not Shea.”Â Not Shea? Imagine that?