The candidates for San Juan Capistrano have raised $38,268 and spent $42,112 just in the first 20 days of October alone.
This brings the total raised for the year to date to $84,854 on behalf of four of the five candidates. Tom Marantz has not raised more than $1,000, so he did not submit detailed financial statements to the city.
Total expenditures for the four candidates reporting total $77,827.
But wait, there’s more.
A political action committee known as Citizens for Sensible Development spent $2,514 of money it already had sitting around to put out a mailer opposing candidate Ginny Kerr and incumbent Sam Allevato.
The group was active in opposing the changes proposed for the Distrito-La Novia/Meadows project, but one of the group’s early leaders says he hasn’t been involved with the group’s new direction.
Kerr and Allevato are responsible for the lion’s share of fundraising – and fund-spending – in this year’s election for two seats. Here’s how it breaks down:
Allevato raised $18,472 between Oct. 1-20. The donors are mostly real estate professionals, developers, homemakers, car dealers and golf pros. He received $100 from an employee of Faubel Public Affairs, which hired away former Capistrano Dispatch Editor Jonathan Volzke and is representing San Diego Gas & Electric, among others.
Allevato has spent $18,782 in the last few weeks and has $11,374 in cash on hand for the remainder of the campaign.
Byrnes added another $250 to his war chest between Oct. 1-20. All of his expenditures, for a total of $4,451, came during the first three weeks in October.
He has a cash balance of $2,949.
Kerr raised another $18,146 from Oct. 1 to Oct. 20. Many of that comes from the same sources as Allevato’s donors (although no Faubel-related donor), including representatives of Rancho Mission Viejo and the Irvine Company.
She spent $17,665 in those same weeks, bringing her total on the year to $33,609, with $6,325 of that in unpaid bills. Most of the expenditures were for mailers and campaign consultants.
McCarthy raised an additional $1,400 in this latest reporting period, bringing her total to $5,400 for the year, including a $1,200 loan. Her paperwork once again has another mathematical error. This time it shows her donations adding to $4,400, when it should be $5,400.
She has spent $1,214 in the first three weeks in October, bringing her total to $4,507 on the year.