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Money flows into Newport Beach City Council races, PACs

Money flows into Newport Beach City Council races, PACs
Clockwise, from upper left: Newport Beach November City Council candidates Diane Dixon, Marshall “Duffy” Duffield, Tim Stoaks, Kevin Muldoon, Roy Englebrecht, Scott Peotter, Joy Brenner and Mike Toerge. (File Photos)

Eight candidates running for four Newport Beach City Council seats raised about $250,000 combined during the first half of 2018, according to recently filed campaign disclosures.

Potential candidates have until Aug. 10 to file paperwork to run in the November election.

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Here is the activity for candidates who have declared so far, rounded to the nearest dollar:

District 1

Diane Dixon (incumbent)

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  • Contributions received: $41,421
  • Expenditures made: $16,580
  • Beginning cash balance: $43,774
  • Ending cash balance: $68,615

Dixon collected 85 monetary donations in the January-June period. Top donors include Arlene Biscan, Doug Cavanaugh, Jerry Conrad, Mary Dirk, Patrick Dirk, Gary Jabara, Thomas Larkin, Kent Valley, Robert Van Schoonenberg, Sandra Van Schoonenberg and Craig Wildvank, who all gave the $1,100 maximum. Newport’s R.D. Olson Development also contributed $1,100.

Dixon’s campaign took in about $3,400 in in-kind donations for fundraising events.

The campaign has about $16,700 in debt. Of that, $15,000 is from self-loans made between 2013 and 2017.

No other candidates have filed for the District 1 seat.

District 3

Marshall “Duffy” Duffield (incumbent)

  • Contributions received: $26,550
  • Expenditures made: $9,641
  • Beginning cash balance: $22,023
  • Ending cash balance: $38,932

Duffield, the current mayor, pulled in 50 donations. Top donors include Robert Best, Richard Godber, John Hagestad, William Hendricksen, Blake Quinn and Susan Werner, who all gave the $1,100 maximum. Salem & Salem, a Newport marina management company, Mobilitie, a Newport-based telecommunications infrastructure company, also gave $1,100 each.

Tim Stoaks

  • Contributions received: $16,986
  • Expenditures made: $4,922
  • Beginning cash balance: $0
  • Ending cash balance: $12,065

In his first filing, District 3 challenger Stoaks collected 24 cash donations. A large proportion, however, were at the top limit. Former Assemblywoman Marilyn Brewer, former Mayor Mike Henn, Michael C. Smith, Pauline Smith, John Stahr and Walter Stahr, along with the Line in the Sand political action committee, each gave $1,100. Stoaks also loaned his campaign $2,000.

District 4

Kevin Muldoon (incumbent)

  • Contributions received: $35,317
  • Expenditures made: $4,983
  • Beginning cash balance: $19,847
  • Ending cash balance: $50,180

Muldoon collected 76 monetary donations in the January-June period. Top donors include Mary and Patrick Dirk, William Buck Johns, Vic Merjanian, Babak Samini and Margaret Smith, who each gave $1,100. Waste hauler CR&R, Fieldstead & Co., Manuchehr Khoshbin and Pinpoint Media were the top business donors, also giving $1,100 each.

The Irvine Co. chipped in $1,000, between an in-kind $400 gift for a fundraiser and a cash donation of about $600.

Roy Englebrecht

  • Contributions received: $3,250
  • Expenditures made: $757
  • Beginning cash balance: $4,176
  • Ending cash balance: $6,669

Fight promoter Englebrecht, a member of the city Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission, had four donors including himself. Contributions came from David Wilson and John Townsend ($1,100 each) and Gary Daichendt ($1,000), plus a $50 self-contribution. He also gave his campaign a $5,000 loan.

Englebrecht also ran in 2014.

District 6

Scott Peotter (incumbent)

  • Contributions received: $3,485
  • Expenditures made: $9,612
  • Beginning cash balance: $11,411
  • Ending cash balance: $5,284

Peotter collected seven contributions in the January-June period. Top donors were Andrew Goetz and Gary Jabara at $1,100 each.

Joy Brenner

  • Contributions received: $62,476
  • Expenditures made: $10,386
  • Beginning cash balance: $430
  • Ending cash balance: $47,317

Brenner, who was active in last year’s unsuccessful recall effort against Peotter, was the most prolific fundraiser, collecting 105 monetary contributions worth nearly $40,000 combined, almost entirely from individuals. Top donors include Karen Clark, John Hamilton, Henn, David Maze, Vince McGuinness, Barbara Northcutt, Fred Salter, Wendy Salter, Pauline Smith and Carl Swain at $1,100 each.

Line in the Sand also donated $1,100. Brenner collected about $2,700 total in non-monetary contributions, mostly for food and drinks at fundraisers, and loaned her campaign $22,000.

Mike Toerge

  • Contributions received: $60,000
  • Expenditures made: $151
  • Beginning cash balance: $3,099
  • Ending cash balance: $62,948

Toerge, a former city planning commissioner who ran against Peotter in 2014, was also a member of the recall group. He had no outside contributions but did personally loan his campaign $60,000.

PACs

Protecting Newport’s Future

  • Contributions received: $9,100
  • Expenditures made: $112
  • Beginning cash balance: $457
  • Ending cash balance: $5,587

Protecting Newport’s Future is a political action committee to oppose the reelection of Peotter, Muldoon and Duffield. Local activist and committee treasurer Susan Skinner took over and renamed the PAC, formerly known as the Committee to Recall Scott Peotter.

Skinner said a January donation and what was left of her previous PAC, Newport 1st, took care of some recall-related bills, but that funds raised in May and June are dedicated to voting out Peotter, Muldoon and Duffield.

Top donors include Paul Blank, a city harbor commissioner and recall proponent ($5,000), plus Patricia Nichols ($1,500) and James Person ($1,000). PACs are not held to the $1,100 limit of campaigns for individual candidates.

Forms for Protecting Newport’s Future list about $35,000 in outstanding debt, mostly for recall petition circulation.

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