Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

Anemic Leos Fundraising = Dependence On OCEA

The OCEA’s chosen candidate for the Anaheim City Council, John Leos, posted truly anemic fundraising numbers for the July 1 through September 30 fundraising period. Leos received $4,700 in contributions, spent $4,842.55, and has $5,009.21 cash-on-hand. If the Leos campaign were a human being, it would need massive blood transfusions. Since he ran for council in 2010, you’d think Leos’s ...

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Campaign Mailbox: Brandman First Out of Box With Mail

Anaheim Union High School Trustee Jordan Brandman is the first city council out of the box with a mail piece that began landing in Anaheim voter mailboxes last Friday. The OC Registrar of Voters will start mailing vote-by-mail ballots tomorrow, so mailers will now start landing heavily. Generally speaking, a candidate’s first few mailers are positive pieces intended to introduce voters to the candidate and ...

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What Do John Leos, OCEA and the Occupy Movement Have In Common?

What do Anaheim City Council candidate John Leos, the Orange County Employees Association and the left-wing Occupy movement have in common? Javier Gonzalez. Gonzalez owns Tell That Story, an L.A.-based political consultancy with a decidedly left-wing client base: SEIU, Utility Workers Union of America, the OC Labor Federation’s IE campaign for lefty John Perez in the 699th Assembly District race. This ...

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Sidhu Makes Appointments To Elections Advisory Commission

Mayor Pro Tem Harry Sidhu has named his appointees to the Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections and Community Involvement: Peter Agarwal and Vic Real. No biographical information to offer at the  moment, but in terms of geographical distribution of commissioners’ residences, Agarwal lives further east than any commissioner, and Real lives further west than any other member of the commission. ...

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Lucille Kring Raises $13,000; Has $70K On Hand

For the July 1 through September 30  reporting period, former councilwoman-times-two Lucille Kring raised $13,524 dollars, bringing her year to date total to $33,574 — according to her campaign report filed today. She also paid back the $50,000 she loaned herself in June, and then loaned her campaign another $50,000 on September 28. This looks like a classic example of pumping up ...

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Video Of WAND Candidate Forum

Here’s video of last week’s Anaheim City Council candidates forum, sponsored by WAND: [vimeo 50788963 w=500 h=281] WAND Anaheim City Council Forum from Save Anaheim on Vimeo. It was filmed and produced by SaveAnaheim.com’s Jason Sumague-Young/Jason Young/Jason Garner Young.

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Government Union Already Dropping Big Money For John Leos

This morning, this blog wondered out loud how much the Orange County Employees Association would spend in a second attempt to elect John Leos to the Anaheim City Council. We already have an answer. According to the campaign reports filed today  by the OCEA-sponsored “Committee to Support John Leos for Anaheim City Council 2012” show the government employee union’s IE committee contributed $50,000 ...

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“Save Anaheim” PAC Raises A Staggering $1,534.62

“Save Anaheim,” the political action committee of wedding videographer/Murray-Eastman-Brandman-Pringle hater Jason Sumague-Young aka Jason Garner Young (or is it the other way around?), has filed its campaign disclosure for the period July 1 through September 30, 2012. The grand total raised: $1,534.62, for a year-to-date total of $1,534.62. $1,000 was donated by Mr. Sumague-Young. The remaining $534.62 was an in-kind contribution ...

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OCEA Gears Up To Underwrite Leos’ Council Effort

If there were any doubts whether the Orange County Employees Association (with which the Anaheim city employees union is affiliated) was going all in for John Leos again this year, you can put them to rest. The OCEA is sponsoring the “Committee to Support John Leos for Anaheim City Council 2012” political action committee.  You can bookmark it’s entry on the Cal-Access site to track the ...

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Who Is Running John Leos’ Campaign?

We should know the answer to that question by the end of this week: campaign reports should be available tomorrow. According to Leo’s campaign reports, the consultant for his 2010 council run was Andrew Gibson. You can read them here. Andrew is the brother of Robert Gibson, who is president of both the Orange County Employees Association Board of Directors, and president of ...

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