The top fundraisers in Burbank City Council election this year were left with the most disappointing results, recent campaign reports show.
The labor union-sponsored political action committee – Burbank Residents Opposed to Jess Talamantes Slashing Public Safety – spent the most money, but was unsuccessful in its effort to boot the councilman from the dais. Funded by Local 770 United Food and Commercial Workers Union political action committee, the group spent $29,725 in the attempt to unseat the retired firefighter, and last week reported having $10,927 in outstanding debt, records show.
Dave Golonski was the second-top fundraiser – he amassed $17,183 during the campaign – but he lost his bid for an unprecedented sixth term.
Talamantes raised $17,829 during the campaign. He donated $1,752 of unspent funds to local non-profits, including Burbank Noon Lions Charity Foundation, Burbank Temporary Aid Center, Kids’ Community Dental Clinic, Burbank Family Service Agency and the Burbank Boys and Girls Club, reports show.
Throughout the campaign, Councilman David Gordon raised $13,383 in contributions, while candidate David Nos raised a total of $7,483, records show.
Bob Frutos, who was elected during the primary election and therefore didn’t compete in the general election, collected $12,346 in contributions, records show.
Juan Guillen, who was eliminated in the primary election, raised a total of $7,284. He donated his extra cash to local non-profits, including Burbank Arts for All Foundation, Burbank Temporary Aid Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Burbank, records show.