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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
Barking Dog October 15, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Public records indicate that candidates Coleman and Kiss spent less that one thousand dollars on their campains, while Bucknum a special interest candidate and a lobbyist spent over 33K. She is already in dept. imagine if she is elected on the Council how she will spend our tax dollars. Spend baby spend that is her motto. Just say no to URY and BUCKNUM and YES to Kiss and Coleman the real candidates of the people. Schliht and Ury are the other special interest big spenders.
Dan Avery October 15, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Barking dog must be the immature person who keeps putting up signs like it's high school. http://daniel-avery.com/blog/2012/10/14/welcome-back-to-high-school/ And those signs contain lies. There is no "billboards" project in front of the city council, nor has Mayor Ury ever supported one. Commissioner Bucknum is not a "lobbyist" in an sense of the word. What I find interesting is how Kiss's supporters hide behind fake names like "barking dog," "Nicky Wealch," and "Bob Lee." That is if in fact those are separate people and not Kiss himself. It's far more likely, given the nature of the internet and fake names that "Kiss," "Barking Dog," "Nicky Wealch" and "Bob Lee" are all the same person. And that person has done a huge disservice to the actual Desi Kiss, where ever he may be in this mess.
Barking Dog October 15, 2012 at 06:41 PM
LOL@ Avery, here he comes again to spread his work of gross misleading of residents. Wake up Mission Viejo! Just read these links and find out about the truth! http://missionviejoca.org/html/article236.html http://missionviejoca.org/html/article137.html Just say NO to Ury and Bucknum and YES to Kiss/Coleman/Sachs/Schlicht
Dan Avery October 15, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Barking Dog must be a Republican because she can't spot the faulty math. Bucknum has contributions of $33,557.36 and Expenses of $27,399; now when I learned to subtract 27,399 from 33,557.36 it was impossible to arrive at 204.13; in fact back in the second grade those sums always came out to be exactly 6 ,158.36 every single time. Same number 6,158.36 over and over again. It's called a mathematical certainty or something. I guess Barking Dog is a product of Desi Kiss Mythical University. That school's motto is "we'll learn ya pretty darn good."
Dan Avery October 15, 2012 at 07:44 PM
You're sending them to Dale Tyler's blog for creditable information? They will likely get a virus on their computers instead. Mr. Tyler was disciplined by the Fair Political Practices Commission for violating campaign laws. Plural. He broke several. He also tried to grab a seat on the city council by recalling Lance MacLean, but we found out he had lived here 22 years without ever getting a valid California Driver License, or registering his vehicles here. He said he was confused about how long he had to do that. Clearly the man is a tax cheat among other things. And he wrote Measure D. That was defeated 2 to 1 because it would have taken away private property rights in Mission Viejo. Homeowners and businesses would have had to pay for a ballot referendum in order to make improvements to property they own. Yeah he's someone who clearly has his finger on the pulse of what we want. LOL
Dan Avery October 15, 2012 at 07:50 PM
And I bet he is way above lying to people. Yeah sure he is. Oh wait, he stood up at the last council meeting and lied about electronic billboards that would run down most of Marguerite Parkway. Except that there is no proposal for even a single electronic billboard being considered by the city council. The last proposal back in June was defeated by a 5-0 vote. But then lies and broken laws are all we can reasonably expect from Dale Tyler and his little friends.
Nicky Wealch October 15, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Avery, maybe it's the math of Cathy Schliht , since she attended your "District". I think Bucknum, the spend baby spend till its its no tomorrow, should be working on the only issue she has going for her: the slopes in her area. http://missionviejodispatch.com/budget/letter-slopes-go-downhill/ http://missionviejodispatch.com/business/city-hall-tries-quelling-outrage-over-e-signs/ Math is not Wendy's strength since she did not attend your college "district" Since she and Frank will spend our money on the billboards and the 1M dog park it is NO to Frank & Wendy, and YES to the other 4 candidates.
Barking Dog October 15, 2012 at 09:54 PM
How Egyptian. All those with fake names like Silence Dogoog, ilove MV, Charles, CapoP, CS, Dogwood in Avery's dream are part of his "district". One must be guessing which of the phony names is Dan ? Time to grow up Dan and move on to Silence Dogood's 2022 MV Winter Olympics.
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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