Corporate donors come up big for Council candidates
COMPTON—The latest campaign statements for City Council candidates Janna Zurita and Barbara Calhoun showed large donations from local elected officials, as well as corporations that provide services to Compton residents.
Former Councilwoman Barbara Calhoun reported $42,852 in total monetary donations for the calendar year from April 3 through June 30. Additionally, her campaign received $4,239 in loans, and $2,010 of in-kind (nonmonetary) donations for a total contribution amount of $49,100.
Expenses for the Calhoun campaign list $47,279 in payments that were made, a nonmonetary adjustment of $2,010, and accrued expenses (unpaid bills) in the amount of $5,097, for a total of $54,386. The ending cash balance for the campaign is listed at $554.
Key contributors for the Calhoun campaign included Pacific Coast Waste and Recycling, which gave $5,500; DeMenno Kerdoon, advertised on its website as the largest used oil, wastewater and antifreeze recycler in the western United States, which contributed $5,000; Base Architecture of Los Angeles, designer of the Compton Senior Housing Project, donated $3,000; and Prism Realty Corporation in Costa Mesa and Prism-IQ Partners, also from Costa Mesa, donated $2,500 each.
Newly elected Councilwoman Janna Zurita reported
$46,871 in monetary contributions for the calendar year from April 3 through June 30, as well as $18,745 in loans to her campaign. She listed $5,000 in nonmonetary contributions, for a total contribution amount of $70,346.
As of June 30, the campaign has made $72,531 in payments toward expenses and has $9,889 in unpaid bills. The total expenditures made amount to $82,420.
Key contributors to Zurita’s campaign include the Committee to Elect Micah Ali for Compton School Board, which gave $5,000; DeMenno Kerdoon, which also contributed to the Calhoun campaign, donated $5,000; and Hall for Assembly 2012 contributed $8,000 to the effort.
Loans to the campaign list the Committee to Elect Micah Ali for the Compton School Board 2011, which loaned the campaign $5,000 on April 18, and Hall for Assembly 2012 made two loans, one for $5,400 on June 1, and another for $7,000 on June 6.
Zurita said the rhetoric of the campaign was a driving factor for contributions to her campaign.
“At one point during the campaign,” Calhoun made a statement, saying, ‘I beat her mother and her sister, (Delores and Satra Zurita) and I will beat her, too,’” Zurita said. “The day that statement came out, I received $10,000 in donations.”
The next meeting of the Compton City Council will be at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6, in the council chambers.