Candidates come clean on finances

Candidates come clean on financesBy BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer

In light of of some heated discussions about campaign spending – both in public forums and on social media – the News Review reached out to mayoral and city council candidates to clear the air about their contributions and spending. All candidates’ statements were corroborated by official documentation from the city.

At press time Mayor Peggy Breeden’s committee had raised $6,000 for her reelection, the bulk of which came from a $3,000 donation by Breeden as owner of The Swap Sheet and $2,000 from Eric Bruen, CEO of Desert Valleys Federal Credit Union.

Donations totaling $1,000 also came from Thomas and Barbara Frisbee of TJ Frisbee, Gary Charlon of State Farm Insurance, Howard and Wanda Laire and William and Debra Brickey. Breeden’s forms also show expenditures of $276.04 from Packwrap and $216.50 from Square Print for campaign paraphernalia.

Mayoral candidate Tom Wiknich said his campaign is self funded, and he’s spent roughly $1,500 in advertising, asking supporters only to spread the word. Since he agreed to the $2,000 spending limit, no itemized forms were required for his campaign.

Council candidate Loren Scott Hayman is the biggest spender in the council race to date, perhaps a reason why his campaign has drawn so much attention from his opponents and critics.

Hayman’s records show he’s received $5,670 in contributions, just under $2,950 combined from Ridgecrest Automotive, T&T Alignment, Teresa’s Ridgecrest Auto Body, Gateway Hardware, Ridgecrest Family Dentistry, TNT Western Homes, Toyota of Ridgecrest, Bertrands and Sage Mart. The remaining $2,720 came from the candidate as owner of Hayman Chiropractic Center.

His records show expenditures of $880.68 to Parker Davis in Charlotte, N.C., for yard sign stakes and $3,285 to Adart Company in Los Angeles for yard signs, coordinated by Bakersfield political consulting firm Western Pacific Research, but paid for from his existing campaign funds. The total of $4,195.68 was not a donation from WPR, as some have alleged.

On Thursday as the News Review was going to press, Hayman divulged that he was still accounting for independent contributions and that $1,540 was raised at a fundraiser hosted by WPR at the home of valley resident and business owner Pat Farris.

Council candidate Reese Hogg said his campaign has raised about $1,000 from private citizens, all local except for $100 from an uncle in Bakersfield. He posted on his campaign page that he also resorted to purchasing campaign signs out of town for cost purposes.

Council candidate Steven Morgan said his campaign is completely self funded with the exception of a $100 donation and $100 in-kind donation of signs from “friends who would not take ‘no’ for an answer.” Morgan has spent $1,876.80 ,according to his records.

Seeking reelection to council is Mayor Pro Tem Mike Mower, who said he has spent just under $500 of his own money for his campaign.

Hogg, Morgan and Mower remained under the $2000 spending limit and did not require official forms to track their contributions and expenditures.

Story First Published: 2018-10-26