Is Carlos Bustamante’s vote for sale?

You can tell a lot about a candidate by looking at who donates money to him.  Santa Ana Councilman Carlos Bustamante says he wants to be judged by his record, so let’s take  look at who owns a piece of Bustamante.

This data comes from Bustamante’s 2004 Campaign Finance Reports:

  • Lincoln Club of Orange County (Republican group) – $1,000
  • Hispanic 100 (Republican group) – $1,000
  • Carrie Ware – $249 / Cristy Ware – $249 / Ware Disposal – $249
  • Madison Materials – $249
  • LA/OC Building and Construction Trades Council PAC (LA) – $200
  • Caribou Industries (developer Mike Harrah) – $249
  • Robert Bisno (developer) – $249
  • Shea Homes (Brea) – $249
  • O.C. Auto Dealer’s Assoc – $600
  • Crevier BMW – $1,000 x2 elections = $2,000
  • Saab of Santa Ana – $250
  • George Heidler (Villa Park – Tom’s Truck Service) – $1,000 x2 elections = $2,000
  • Metropro Road Services – $249
  • Reindeer Inc, dba Tom’s Towing – $249
  • Stephanie Metzler – $250
  • Coneybeare, Inc. – $999
  • Vincent Sarmiento – $200
  • Rob Richardson – $99
  • Frontier Equipment Design – $500
  • Thomas Newmeyer (Newport) – $800 / Newmeyer & Dillon Law Offices (Newport) – $1,000
  • Susan Peterson (Newmeyer) – $100
  • John O’Hara (Newmeyer) – $500
  • Primary Source Office Furnishings – $1,000
  • Manufactured Housing Education Trust PAC (Rancho S.M.) – $1,000
  • BIA of Southern CA PAC (Diamond Bar) – $250
  • South Coast Apartment Association PAC – $249
  • Donald Kennedy – $1,099 (largest single donation)
  • Urban Arena Landscape Architecture (Newport) – $249
  • Paula Krieger Enterprises – $1,000
  • Continental Mobile Home Park – $1,000
  • Santa Ana Fireman’s Legislative Action Group – $249
  • TNT Fireworks (Fullerton) $125

You can read Bustamante’s full amended reports at this link and this link.

I will revise this report later today to include Bustamante’s campaign finance reports from his failed Supervisorial race.

One last thought in the interim.  Apparently O.C. Supervisor Janet Nguyen has placed Judy Ware on a campaign committee.  I have asked Nguyen previously not to accept money or help from Ware.  For her own reasons Nguyen has opted to ignore that advice.  She does so at her own peril.  Ware is highly disliked in Santa Ana.  Taking her money, as Bustamante did, is a mistake.  I promise NOT to take any money from Ware in my campaign against Bustamante.

UPDATE

Click here and here to see Bustamante’s campaign finance reports from his failed supervisorial race.  Ware Disposal’s various family members gave Bustamante $4,500 in that race.


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