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How Much Candidates Earned (and Spent) in Mission Viejo

City Council candidates are spending thousands of dollars to win your vote this election.

Wonder how much political hopefuls are spending to win two city council seats in Mission Viejo? Want to know where that money came from and how it's being spent?

This year candidates have collectively spent over $70,000 to win your vote.

  • Check below for a full report of candidate campaign expenses and contributions 

Challenger Wendy Bucknum has raised the most money this year with about $33,500, thanks in part to a $9,000 donation from a state real estate lobby.

Councilwoman Cathy Schlicht has spent the most this year—about $29,300. About $7,200 of that has been spent on campaign literature and miscellaneous campaign costs.

Mayor Frank Ury is the only candidate who spent more than $1,000 and has no debt.

Challenger Ed Sachs loaned himself most of his campaign money—about $11,400.

Read details about the candidates' finances here:

Here's a breakdown of campaign expenses and contributions from state forms submitted in early October:

Candidate Contributions This Year Contributions July-Sept Expenses This Year Expenses July-Sept Campaign Debt Wendy Bucknum $33,557.36 $17,196 $27,399 $24,532 $204.13 Ed Sachs $15,275.11 $14,942.41 $10,395.11 Cathy Schlicht $28,109.40 $6,123.40 $29,338.39 $12,867 $13,201 Frank Ury $23,048 $12,899 $19,274 $18,794 $0
Dan Avery October 15, 2012 at 10:45 PM
I can't believe how many times you copied and pasted such a poorly written and typed comment. Wow. Stunning. And it was obviously an emotional reaction. I really must have hit a nerve. Shame you can't come forward and identify yourself. You're too afraid to do that. As far as Brad Morton being an authoritative, let alone creditable, source...he's the attorney who cost Mission Viejo $750,000 because he thought the term "state mandated" meant "voluntary." That level of thinking also got two additional areas added to low-income housing and it took away some local control. He's the attorney who represented Cathy Schllcht when she sued the city and lost, while she was on the city council. He's also the attorney who "helped" Dale Tyler write Measure D, which would require property owners to pay to have any proposed improvements put on a ballot, like painting your house, and then the majority of registered voters would have to vote "yes" to approve the improvements. Big problem since the majority of registered voters have never voted. Also a big problem because it effectively destroyed the notion of private property rights. Terrific source for an argument. Lots of people will believe him.
Wendy Bucknum October 16, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Residents can go to www.wendybucknum.com to find out more about my long time involvement in the Mission Viejo Community - from both a family and business perspective. I am also proud to have the endorsement of the OC Register Editorial Board.
Desi Kiss October 20, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Irrelevant of how much each of the candidates spend, (and some say it's all about money) it is ultimately up to the voters to decide on November 6, 2012. After all the spin, slick tricks, smoke & mirrors, I'm confident that the MV voters will do the right thing. This is a critical election about the hearth, soul and the future of our City. Candidates are running for the City Council and NOT for Mayor. The City of MV is based on the Council/Manager form of local government. That is, the elected members of the City Council appoint the City Manager to serve as the chief executive officer of the municipality. In addition to the City Manager the Council also appoints the City Attorney. The Mayor is elected for a 1 year term by the 5 elected Council members. There are 2 open seats available on the City Council for the November 6, 2012 election. There are 6 candidates: Cathy Schlicht, Wendy Bucknum, Desi J. Kiss, Ed Sachs, Frank Ury and Richard Coleman. Please vote for Desi J. Kiss, MS,PE on November 6, 2012. To learn more about my candidacy please visit : http://djk4mv.wordpress.com and/or http://www.smartvoter.org/2012/11/06/ca/or/vote/kiss_d/ Thank you all for your support and vote! Thank you patch for keeping the residents an the voters informed!
Desi Kiss October 22, 2012 at 10:51 PM
And this is how much some earn at City Hall! The City Manager: His salary is approximately 197.7 K + comp of 62.4K for a total of approximately 260.12K per year. If fired (and Mr. Ury made that hard to occur) he gets nine months severance plus $21,287 in unpaid leave for a total of $169,573. Remember, his severance is based on his base salary, without benefits and perks. My friends just please vote wisely on November 6, 2012!
Desi Kiss November 06, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Election results beginning at 8:00 p.m. can be seen here: http://www.ocvote.com/results Vote 4 Desi J. Kiss!! Thank you. To learn more please visit: http://www.smartvoter.org/2012/11/06/ca/or/vote/kiss_d/

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