In the city council race, incumbent Ken Mann has raised and spent the most cash so far. In the race for mayor, incumbent R. Rex Parris is the only candidate who exceeded the threshold – $1,000 spent or contributed – that would require a candidate to file a report.
The first campaign finance reports cover contributions received and payments made from Jan. 1 through Feb. 25.
During that time period, the committee to “Reelect Ken Mann for Council 2012” took in $21,935 in cash contributions from 13 businesses and 5 individuals and $374.70 in non-monetary contributions.
Top business donors to Mann’s campaign were Ironwood Management ($2500); Clutter Motors Inc. ($2500); S.J. Hills, LP ($2,000); Palmdale Summit, LP ($2,000); Pacific Communities Builder ($2,000); and Valley Oak, LP ($2,000).
Top individual donors to Mann’s campaign were Wayne Ulberg and Mark Troth, both at $500. According to his disclosure statement, Mann spent $5,800 so far, mainly on campaign literature, mailings, and other paraphernalia.
Second in campaign contributions received is Sandra Johnson who received $11,575 in cash contributions and $3,263 in non-monetary contributions from Jan. 1 through Feb. 25. The majority of Johnson’s contributions were from individuals (13 out of 20), and many of the contributions were less than $1,000. Lancaster Honda was the top donor at $2,500.
Johnson has spent about $1,000 so far, a consulting fee to Chris Jones Consulting.
Trailing behind Johnson and Mann in campaign contributions is the “Committee to Elect John Kiramis to City Council 2012,” which lists $4,101.15 in cash contributions. The money came from a series of small loans Kiramis and his wife gave to the campaign. Kiramis has received no outside contributions for his campaign so far.
The remaining two council candidates, Isaac Grajeda and Michael Rives, will spend or receive less than $1,000 for their campaign, so they were not required to file financial disclosure statements. The same was true for mayoral candidates David Abber, David Paul, and David Grajeda.
Only incumbent R. Rex Parris was required to file a campaign disclosure statement in the mayoral race. R. Rex Parris for Mayor 2012 received no cash contributions from Jan. 1 through Feb. 25, but received $12,457.94 in nonmonetary contributions, according to the report. Parris’s campaign still owes him about $435,150 from loans Parris made to the campaign to fund prior races.
Lancaster Leadership 2012, a committee formed specifically to support Mayor Rex Parris and Council Members Sandra Johnson and Ken Mann, raised $23,000 in cash from 45 donors that included businesses and individuals. The committee also received a $20,000 loan from Parris on Jan. 12 and $877 in food and beverages from the University of the Antelope Valley on Feb. 6, according to the report.
Lancaster Leadership 2012 has spent nearly $20,000 from Jan. 1-Feb. 25, which includes nearly $8,000 on signs and nearly $11,000 in consulting fees.
View the full Campaign Disclosure Statements for Jan. 1-Feb. 25 from all candidates/committees required to file reports below:
The deadline for filing the second Campaign Disclosure Statement is March 29, according to the City Clerk’s office.