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$1.2 Million Spent on City Council Election

Groups and candidates spent more than $1 million in the November election.

Political groups and candidates spent close to $1.2 million on the 2012 City Council election, the Santa Monica Daily Press reported Tuesday.

The majority of the money was spent by political committees, according to the Daily Press:

[They] outspent the candidates and measures that they backed two-to-one, with $830,509.50 of the total coming from seven organizations ranging from the familiar—Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR)—to the new kids on the block like Santa Monicans United for a Responsible Future, or SMURF.

The newspaper based its reports on new financial disclosure statements that show the total amounts spent on the election by each candidate and committee through Dec. 31, 2012. The election was Nov. 6.

As Patch reported Monday, SMURF raised nearly $500,000 from developer interests, including NMS Properties, Inc., the owners of the Fairmont-Miramar Hotel and the owners of the former Papermate site—all three have projects awaiting City Council approval.

SMRR, an influential group whose slate—Gleam Davis, Terry O'Day, Tony Vazquez and Ted Winterer—won the election, raised $165,965. It spent $9,040 on each its candidates, according to the Daily Press.

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Brenda Barnes February 06, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Developers spent over half of this obscene amount of money, and they plan to get what they paid for--approval of more and more of their awful developments, with traffic, infrastructure improvements paid for by taxpayers, and more and more Ponzi-scheme developments on our backs, to pay for mistakes in the last ones.
Brenda Barnes February 07, 2013 at 12:03 AM
But look at this link from Nov 6th, when Patch's exit polls showed locals were uninterested in local issues: http://santamonica.patch.com/articles/locals-uninterested-in-local-races That is why spending all this money elected developer and SMRR-backed candidates--the same people except for Vasquez. Locals took the cheat sheets from mail all this money bought, and that bought the election here. That's why since we now see what these people really stand for--up to 50 times as much density as we have now--we have to recall at least the four of them who voted for LUCE to cause that development: O'Connor, O'Day, Holbrook, and Davis. The others--we'll see what they do.

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