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Unions Give Money to All Major Anaheim City Council Candidates; Kring Got Least

Posted by Lassie on October 11, 2012

My blog colleague, OC Insider, wrote this series of posts about Lucille Kring”s $500 contribution from the Anaheim police union (http://ocpolitical.com/2012/10/05/lucille-kring-violated-baugh-manifesto/, http://ocpolitical.com/2012/10/07/oc-gop-should-rescind-kring-endorsement/, and http://ocpolitical.com/2012/10/07/did-kring-fool-the-police-union-too/).  It’s an interesting coincidence that the last two posts were written after the Orange County Register endorsed Kring for Anaheim City Council:

Ms. Kring stands out among the crowd of nine candidates. Having served on the city council previously, she acutely understands the issues facing Anaheim and has a much-needed independent streak on a council in which, we believe, former Mayor Curt Pringle, and other special interests, have far too much influence.

Ms. Kring has a firm grasp on the budgetary challenges of the city and has the right ideas as to how to fix them, including serious pension reform. She also has in-depth knowledge of public safety, and she opposes crony capitalism, sweetheart deals handed out to those with political connections or representation.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/city-191002-ocprint-council-anaheim.html

OC Insider blasted Kring for inaccurately signing this pledge in the OC GOP questionnaire:

“I WILL NOT ACCEPT CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS FROM GOVERNMENT UNIONS.” 

Lodge inaccurately signed the same pledge!  Unlike Kring, Lodge inaccurately told the OC GOP Endorsements Committee that he had not taken any union money:

Lodge says he is endorsed by the Anaheim Police and Fire unions and the Santa Ana Police union but has not taken any money from them.

http://ocpolitical.com/2012/09/05/ocgop-endorsements-committee-meets/

He took $1000 from the Anaheim Police union on 12/28/2011 – almost six months before Kring took $500.

OC Insider neglected to note that every other major candidate for Anaheim City Council took more police union money than Kring did.  The Anaheim police union gave $1800 to Jordan Brandman, $1000 to Steven Albert Chavez Lodge, $1000 to John Leos, and a paltry $500 to Lucille Kring.

Actually, every other major candidate for Anaheim City Council took more union money than Kring did:

Lucille Kring
$500 on 6/20/2012 from the Anaheim Police union

Steven Albert Chavez Lodge
$1000 on 12/28/2011 from the Anaheim Police union

John Leos
$1800 on 2/21/2012 from the Orange County Employees Association (maxed out)
$1800 on 4/6/2012 from the Anaheim Municipal Employees Association (maxed out)
$1800 on 9/30/2012 from the Orange County Labor Federation (maxed out)
$1000 on 9/18/2012 from the Anaheim Police union
TOTAL: $6,400
(I should note OCEA dumped $50,000 into a pro-Leos IE PAC.)

Jordan Brandman
$1800 on 8/30/2012 from the Anaheim Firefighters union (maxed out)
$1800 on 9/14/2012 from OC COPS (maxed out)
$1800 on 8/30/2012 from PORAC (maxed out)
$1300 on 6/8/2012 from the International Union of Operating Engineers (maxed out to $1800)
$1050 on 9/12/7/2012 from Local Union 105 (maxed out to $1800)
$1000 on 11/4/2011 from the UA Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union 582 (maxed out to $1800)
$1000 on 11/18/2011 from the Southern California Pipe Trades District Council (maxed out to $1800)
$1000 on 12/7/2011 from the Anaheim Police union (maxed out to $1800)
$1000 on 12/31/2011 from the Laborers International Union of North America (maxed out to $1800)
$1000 on 3/8/2012 from the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
$1000 on 5/29/2012 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (grand total: $1500)
$800 on 4/30/2012 from the UA Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union 582 (maxed out to $1800)
$800 on 5/7/2012 from the Southern California Pipe Trades District Council (maxed out to $1800)
$800 on 9/14/2012 from the Anaheim Police union (maxed out to $1800)
$800 on 9/30/2012 from the Laborers International Union of North America (maxed out to $1800)
$500 on 12/31/2011 from the District Council of Iron Workers
$500 on 12/31/2011 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (grand total: $1500)
$500 on 4/16/2012 from the International Union of Operating Engineers (maxed out to $1800)
$500 on 5/7/2012 from Local Union 105 (maxed out to $1800)
$500 on 6/24/2012 from OPCNIA Plasters Local Union 200
$500 on 6/30/2012 from the Sprinkler Fitters Local 109
$250 on 11/4/2011 from the LA/OC Building & Construction Trades Council
$250 on 11/4/2011 from the Sprinkler Fitters Local Number 709
$250 on 12/7/2011 from Local Union 105 (maxed out to $1800)
TOTAL: $20,700

(You can find all campaign finance filings in Anaheim at http://nf4.netfile.com/pub2/Default.aspx?aid=ANA)

Lucille Kring is still the most independent voice for Anaheim City Council, and that’s why the Orange County Register endorsed her.

2 Responses to “Unions Give Money to All Major Anaheim City Council Candidates; Kring Got Least”

  1. Greg Diamond said

    I have to register a complaint: not enough blood is being spilled here. Hop to it!

  2. [...] Unions Give Money to All Major Anaheim City Council Candidates; Kring Got Least [...]

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