Elections bring in thousands in funding

Editor's note: This corrects the campaign contributions given to Huntington Beach Tomorrow and, subsequently, all totals.

More than $615,000 has been poured into Huntington Beach for the elections, with nearly $90,000 going into incumbent Joe Carchio's campaign, more than $67,000 spent to oppose Measure O and the Huntington Beach Firefighters Assn. dropping more than $100,000, public records show.

The eight Huntington Beach political action committees, or PACs, have spent nearly $300,000, the 21 council candidates have exhausted more than $288,000, and the two city attorney candidates have dropped more than $30,000 leading up to Tuesday's election, according to the latest public records.


The candidates

Carchio, who pulled in the second most votes, led in money spent on his campaign, using nearly $64,000 from contributions and more than $22,000 spent on behalf of his campaign by the firefighters and police officers' association and Freedom From Taxes.

About $43,000 of the funds he spent on his campaign were donations from previous campaigns, his campaign treasurer has said.

Planning Commissioner Barbara Delgleize, who missed out on a seat by less than 400 votes, trailed in funds spent, exhausting nearly $38,000 on her campaign and having about $37,800 spent on her behalf.

Delgleize was supported by the Huntington Beach 2020 Vision PAC and the California Real Estate PAC.

Fellow Planning Commissioner Fred Speaker, who came in 10th in voting, came in next with money spent. Speaker fundraised and spent more than $29,000, and the police and fire associations and Freedom From Taxes combined dropped about $25,500 to support him.

Billy O'Connell's and Matthew Harper's campaigns totaled about $47,500, and Planning Commissioner Blair Farley came in next with more than $44,000 used on his campaign. Harper came in third, winning a council seat.

Joe Shaw's funds totaled about $39,000, Jim Katapodis nearly $32,000 and Connie Boardman, who led in votes, brought in more than $28,500.


The political action committees

The firefighters association is leading in campaigning, having already spent almost $113,000. The association endorsed Carchio, Boardman, Speaker and Farley and City Atty. candidate Jennifer McGrath.

It spent about $19,270 endorsing Farley and about $10,000 on behalf of Boardman, Carchio, Speaker and McGrath. The association has also put up more than $30,500 to oppose Measure O and nearly $3,000 to support Measure P.

The Huntington Beach Police Officers' Assn. is trailing behind its public safety counterparts with nearly $77,000 in campaign funds spent, records show.

The association spent about $26,300 campaigning for Katapodis, and nearly $6,900 on Carchio, McGrath, Boardman and Speaker's campaigns.

The association also dropped more than $36,800 to oppose Measure O and about $1,300 to support Measure P.

The 2020 Vision PAC put more than $52,300 into the election, spending about $18,500 on behalf of O'Connell's, Delgleize's and Harper's campaigns. It also spent nearly $9,000 to support Measure O.

The PAC, which names Ed Mountford, of Hearthside Homes, as its principal officer, received significant contributions from Poseidon Resources, the Manufactured Housing Education Trust PAC and the California Real Estate PAC.

The Freedom From Taxes PAC spent more than $5,800 on Carchio, about $8,600 on Speaker, $5,289 on McGrath and $598 on Delgleize and Harper in independent expenditures.

The independent expenditures include a $2,510 TV advertisement for Speaker.

Freedom From Taxes put more than $22,700 into the election and has received contributions from employees of the Robert Mayer Corp., Theory Properties, LLC. in Laguna Beach and various individuals.

The California Real Estate PAC supported Delgleize with $18,678 on behalf of her campaign.

Huntington Beach Tomorrow spent about $12,200 on Farley and Shaw's campaign in newsletters, campaign mailers and postage stamps. They also spent about $845 on a print advertisement in the Independent and $383 on an ad in the Huntington Beach Wave endorsing Farley and Shaw.

The local organization put about $16,800 into endorsing Farley and Shaw.

The Committee for Yes on Measure O spent more than $7,200 to campaign for the ballot measure, and the Committee Against Measure Q 2010 dropped nearly $4,200 to bring down the ballot measure.



Poseidon Resources led in contributions, with $13,000 sunk in the local elections through $500 contributions to six council candidates and $10,000 donations to the 2010 Vision PAC.

The Connecticut-based company, which has an office in Huntington Beach, is one permit away from beginning construction on a seawater desalination plant in southern Huntington Beach. The company gave money to Harper, Speaker, O'Connell, Katapodis, Delgleize and Norm Westwell.

The company's public relations firm, Faubel Public Affairs, based in Lake Forest, also put more than $2,000 into the election with candidate contributions to Carchio, Delgleize, Harper and Speaker.

The Robert Mayer Corporation and its employees put $5,000 in the elections donating to Carchio, Delgleize, Harper and Speaker and three political action committees.

The Newport Beach-based real estate development company behind the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort and the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa supported the 2020 Vision PAC with $2,500 and Freedom from Taxes with $1,500.

Trailing is AES, the power generating facility in the southern section of the city, with $5,000 in contributions to Carchio, Delgleize, Speaker and O'Connell and $3,000 to 2020 Vision.

Huntington Beach-based Rainbow Disposal, which also serves Fountain Valley, Sunset Beach and Surfside Colony, and its chairman, Ron Shenkman, came in next, contributing more than $7,000. The company made contributions to Carchio, Boardman, Delgleize, Farley, Harper, Dan Kalmick, O'Connell, Katapodis, Shaw, John Von Holle, Speaker and Norm Westwell, with Shenkman contributing to many of the same candidates.

BTDJM Phase II Associates also made sizeable contributions, giving $5,000 to 2020 Vision, $500 to Carchio and Speaker and $250 to Delgleize.

The company is behind the recently approved Village at Bella Terra project that will bring a Costco and a four-story building with stores and restaurants on the ground floor and residential above.

By The Numbers

Political Action Committees

Huntington Beach Firefighters Assn.: $112,818

Huntington Beach Police Officers' Assn.: $76,890

Huntington Beach 2020 Vision: $52,285

Freedom from Taxes: $22,760

Huntington Beach Tomorrow: $16,737

California Real Estate: $18,678

Committee for Yes on Measure O: $7,237

Committee Against Measure Q 2010: $2,601



Totals include funds candidates spent and funds spent on their behalf by the PACs.

Joe Carchio: $86,735 (elected)

Barbara Delgleize: $75, 796

Fred Speaker: $55,046

Billy O'Connell: $47,874

Matthew Harper: $47,524 (elected)

Blair Farley: $38,601

Joe Shaw: $33,362 (elected)

Jim Katapodis: $31,564

Connie Boardman: $28,520 (elected)

Norm Westwell: $12,105

John Von Holle: $7,521

Dan Kalmick: $5,771

Bill Rorick: $5,550

Shawn Roselius: $3,692

Bruce Brandt: $3,502

Erik Peterson: $2,463

Heather Grow: $2,117

William Grunwald: $0

Landon Fichtner: $0

Andrissa Dominguez: $0

Blake Rose: $0



Measure O (defeated)

Support: $16,222

Oppose: $67, 416

Measure P (passed)

Support: $4,250

Oppose: $0

Measure N (passed)

Support: $0

Oppose: $0

Measure Q (defeated)

Support: $0

Oppose: $4,168


All numbers based on the most recent public records and rounded to the nearest dollar

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