Council Candidates Disclose Sources of Campaign Funds

Beverly Hills City Councilman Robert K. Tanenbaum raised $61,664 in his reelection campaign, spending just over $51,000 to come in first among three candidates in the April 3 vote for two open seats, according to figures recently made available by the city clerk’s office. He received 2,886 votes.

Among his supporters was Meshulam Ricklis, multimillionaire husband of singer Pia Zadora, who gave Tanenbaum $1,000.

Tanenbaum, an attorney, had enough money left over after the campaign to give $4,912.60 to the Beverly Hills Educational Foundation and the Beverly Hills Family YMCA, according to documents filed Tuesday with the city clerk’s office.

Fellow Councilman Max Salter, who also won reelection handily with 2,407 votes, spent $27,825 and donated $79,909.60 to the Educational Foundation, his campaign spending statements showed.


Salter, who owns a statewide chain of clothing stores, had urged his supporters to contribute to the foundation instead of giving money to his election campaign.

Having promised to match any donations up to $70,000, Salter donated that sum and added the $9,909.60 left over in his campaign treasury. He received 2,407 votes.

Challenger Trisha Roth reported expenses of $4,593.34 and contributions of $8,558, including $3,633 in non-monetary contributions. Roth received 1,465 votes.