Challenger Wendy Bucknum raised more money than any of the six city council candidates prior to October.
Bucknum received $9,000 from the California Real Estate Political Action Committee. This PAC supports the interests of the California Board of Realtors.
She received $1,000 from former Mission Viejo City Council member Roger Faubel of Lake Forest, who owns a high-profile public relations firm. Another $1,000 was given to her by the Orange County Auto Dealers Association.
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Bucknum's campaign has spent about $27,400 this year. She spent $1,000 at Councilman Dave Leckness's Kwik Kopy Printing for brochures, according to state forms. She spent $1,300 on food and $275 on wine for a fundraiser at Scarantino's Italian Grill in Lake Forest.
The candidate has spent $3,800 on lawn signs, $5,400 on campaign consulting and $1,100 on mailers. Another $670 was spent on advertising in the Casta Courier, a newsletter for the city's largest gated retirement community.
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