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How Much Has Wendy Bucknum Spent Running for City Council?

Find out who donated to City Council candidate Wendy Bucknum here.

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.

Read about other candidate finances here:

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
Dan Avery October 15, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Hey Pete, Are you a Republican? Your math doesn't add up. Take a look at Bucknum for instance: Contributions for the year $33,557.36 and Expenses this year $27,339. If you subtract the expenses from the contributions it is impossible to arrive at -204.13.
Dan Avery October 15, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Seems like Kiss should have caught the simple subtraction error. I mean since he wants to found a "University" and all. Desi Kiss University, motto: "We'll learn ya pretty dang good."
Peter Schelden (Editor) October 15, 2012 at 07:14 PM
It's not my math, Dan--this info is taken directly from the forms. I believe the debt is directly related to a small loan Ms. Bucknum lent her campaign of about $200. I imagine she's strategically decided not to use her donations to pay the loan at this time.
Dan Avery October 15, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Well that would explain why I am not anyone's treasurer. But I really don't see the logic. Either way that amount should be either a contribution or an expenditure; so one should still subtract expenses this year from contributions this year, correct? At any rate, it's pretty clear who the deficit spenders would be: Schlicht and Sachs.
Nicky Wealch October 15, 2012 at 08:02 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 dogpark it is NO to Frank & Wendy, and YES to the other 4 candidates.
Dan Avery October 15, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Wow, Nicky, pretty emotional there. Lots of typos and those sentences really don't make sense. I must have hit a nerve. Let's see you're holding up Brad Morton and his blog as being a creditable source. Let's examine that. Brad Morton convinced a majority of the council that "State mandated" housing meant "voluntary." Now you don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that "mandates" are never "voluntary." And in fact, Morton ended up costing Mission Viejo over $750,000 because he believed that. Plus two areas were added to the mix for low-income housing by the state. So we lost some control over our own city because of Morton. Morton represented Council Member Schlcht when she sued the city while Schlicht was an active council member. And Morton "helped" Dale Tyler author Measure D, which was defeated by 2 to 1 because it was such a flawed law that would have taken away private property rights. Under Measure D any owner of property in Mission Viejo would have had to pay for a ballot referendum if they wanted to make any improvements to their property. That is they would have had to pay to get it on the ballot and then a majority of the registered voters in Mission Viejo would have had to approve the improvements. Yeah, like Brad Morton is someone we should consider an authoritative source for anything other than misinformation.
Victoria Avery October 15, 2012 at 11:25 PM
It is clear that Wendy has worked very hard to raise the necessary funds to run for office. I admire her for her hard work and leadership in this campaign. She works tirelessly to get her message out and her love for MIssion Viejo is clear in all she does. Neither Frank nor Wendy have run up debt and both are working within their campaign budget. I will vote Wendy & Frank.
Nicky Wealch October 16, 2012 at 04:28 AM
LOL, voting 4 them is like fighting for virginity, Just say NO to Ury & Bucknum the bark no park team.
Wendy Bucknum October 16, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Please go to www.wendybucknum.com to find out about my long time involvement as a community volunteer as well with the Mission Viejo business community.
Desi Kiss October 20, 2012 at 07:12 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!
Jim Crockett Jr November 07, 2012 at 09:14 AM
Windy ---keep flapping your gums.,
Dan Avery November 07, 2012 at 09:17 AM
You been drinking tonight, Francis? Is that why you're so mean? Or is it because, you know, you got a girl's name?

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