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SC Council Candidates Raise and Spend Thousands

The five candidates for San Clemente City Council have raised and spent tens of thousands of dollars in the campaign for two seats up for grabs in November.

The five candidates for San Clemente City Council are in the final stretch leading up to the November election when two seats are up for grabs, and they've spent and raised cash accordingly.

Not counting loans -- almost all of which were made by the candidates themselves to their own campaigns – candidate Mike Mortenson was the top fundraiser through Sept. 30. With a donations and loans total of $18,543 raised, Mortenson has spent $10,165 on campaign materials, literature and other expenses.

Mortenson got a big boost from the California Real Estate Political Action Committee, which gave him $10,000 on Sept. 20.

Incumbent Jim Dahl's campaign manager also donated $200 to Mortenson. Though Dahl isn't formally running with Mortenson, he's told Patch he and Mortenson see eye-to-eye on many issues.

Mortenson has loaned his own campaign $3,000.

Incumbent Robert Baker has raised and spent the most overall. Baker will appear on the ballot as Robert "Bob" Baker 1 (.)

Baker 1 raised $34,214, $31,500 of which was a loan from himself to the campaign. He has so far spent $26,619. The bulk of that, $19,562, went to Freeman Public Affairs campaign consulting firm in Torrance.

Incumbent Dahl has raised $10,319, $3,192 of which is a loan from himself to his campaign. Through Sept. 30, he spent almost all his money―$10,121 to be exact.

Like Mortenson, Dahl collected money form the California Real Estate PAC, receiving $2,000 from the entity.

Former Councilman Joe Anderson and current Mayor Jim Evert also donated to Dahl's campaign as did the company that runs Fisherman's Restaurant on the San Clemente Pier.

Candidate Chris Hamm, the de-facto running partner to Baker 1 similar to Mortenson’s relationship to Dahl, raised $5,097 in cash contributions and in-kind contributions and had spent only $471 through Sept. 30.

Candidate David Clegg signed a paper vowing he would be spending and raising less than $1,000 during his campaign, meaning he doesn't have to fill out any donation disclosures.

Moonshine October 20, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Very interesting all that time Baker wasted on harassing Mortenson for getting a few signs printed in Santa Ana. How sneaky and deceitful of Baker to try and make that such a huge issue all the while knowing he spent the MAJORITY of his funds in Torrance?! The MAJORITY. Almost 20K Baker has spent in TORRANCE, not San Clemente folks, TORRANCE. sneaky sneaky BB...
Allison Winters October 20, 2012 at 09:40 AM
Bob Baker say one thing and does another. Just look at his voting record, a con diction of everything he says he is. Bob Baker has campaigned he is against three stories downtown even though Bob owns a four story mega mansion down on T-street blocking his neighbor's views. There are currently several beautiful three story downtown buildings, more beautiful than older two story buildings. But wait, wouldn’t tastefully done three buildings add value to downtown and encourage investment. Yes, it would help the downtown businesses. Tastefully done three story buildings would help improve the economic viability of our downtown businesses and add to our village character. That makes sense. Of course, Bob Baker is against that! Bob against everything. Bob won’t know village character if it slapped him upside the head. I guess that is why there are so many Mike Mortenson and Jim Dahl banners and signs all over Del Mar and the city. I am sick of Bob Baker's nonsense and constant no to everything good about SC
Kevin Kellerman October 20, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I for one, like the idea of having both a Jim Dahl AND a Bob Baker #1 on the council. Keeping a council with all points of view, Allows scrutiny to all issues. If everyone has the same position on the council, bad things will get done! Remember that every issue has more than one side to it
george gregory October 20, 2012 at 04:44 PM
allison isnt registered to vote kevin well said as for me ill vote bob #1 and hamm time for a defferent 3-2 vote
David Weber October 20, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Baker $31.5k loan to himself, can anyone say desperate? Baker $20k spent in Torrance, can anyone say hypocrite?
Oswald Junior October 20, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Baker has spent almost $20k to a campaign consulting firm in Torrance? How desperate is he? What happened to spending money locally in San Clemente? If Bob Baker is so desperate to get re-elected that he is using a campaign consulting firm... I am nervous as to what his future agenda holds. He must have promised a lot of people a lot of favors (more free rent to his friends on el camino real) to be spending this kind of money... As for Chris Hamm, if he is not raising money on his own and obviously is not spending it, who is Hamm in the back pocket of? Mr. Eggleston?
Moonshine October 20, 2012 at 05:19 PM
George- don't you have a pizza party to be getting ready for? Bring an umbrella, and save me a slice of pepperoni! Do you think perhaps "allison" may not be a real name, I think it's pretty safe to say anybody as informed as "allison" is surely registered to vote. David- you are right on. I'd love to trace each and every one of those dollars in that 31.5K loan from "Baker" to "Baker." Seems his sugar daddy developer friend has some awfully deep pockets these days... Mailer after mailer being paid for by one specific PAC, the treasurer of that PAC happens to be the wife of the developer that paid for Hamm's signs. 2 people in this election are VERY friendly with a developer, and that developer's wallet, and those two candidates are Baker and Hamm. Contributions are public record people- do yourselves a favor and look up where the money is coming from...
Moonshine October 20, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Mike Mortenson is endorsed by 7 former mayors/former council members. Also, the OCGOP, The Lincoln Club, The OC Register, The Chamber of Commerce, The President of the DBA, members of the historical society, just to name a few... Besides a developer paying for Chris Hamm's yard signs, here is another one of Chris Hamm's biggest supporters: take a look for yourself to see who is on Chris's team. http://antirand.org/
Mr Salty October 20, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Thanks for the info. With endorsements like those, Mortenson certainly WON'T be getting my vote. BTW, DUMP DAHL!
Moonshine October 20, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Mr.Salty- My pleasure! That's what I do, share facts and information that is truthful. Can't say the same for the Hamm/Baker/Mann/Eggleson crew. I think it's safe to say most people will respect Mortenson's endorsements over the lunatic running www.antirand.org that is supporting Chris Hamm. Hamm's signs are paid for by a developer, he has Eggleston paying for his newspaper ads in between penning garbage letters to papers that everyone knows are untrue, now he has this kook with his crazy website as a big supporter?! If Hamm were smart he would ditch those 3, and do it FAST! Oh shux... He can't! He would be stuck without yard signs and have no ads or hateful mailers if he betrayed his developer sugar daddy... Looks Like Hamm followed in the footsteps of Bob Baker1 and picked $$$$ over residents. No surprise there. Maybe as a reward for selling out Baker will take Hamm golfing at his country club, since he was so kind enough to save the back 9 for himself and his elite fellow members.
EJ October 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Dahl and Mortenson all the way! Definitely the best choices out of the group.
Tom Barnes October 21, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Not only is your name an illegal product, Moonshine, but to not use your real name shows a lack of integrity. As for Mortenson's list of supporters they seem to be every special interest group around. The list itself should convince most residents to NOT vote for him. As for Dahl most residents understand the harm he has caused the city with his voting record and will probably vote ABD (anyone but Dahl).
Moonshine October 21, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Tom- Everyone knows that Moonshine was chosen because of how ridiculous the posts made by "Sunshine" were. I have plenty of integrity, no need for you to judge MY character, but since you brought it up-- I've heard of some choices you have made regarding a property, that show just how much integrity you have. Shocking that you try to bring up integrity... By the way-shouldn't you be too tired to post tonight from your big pizza party rally today?? Oh wait... you didn't get such a great turnout did you Tom? Not as many dogs and kids and surfboards as you hoped for huh??
Moonshine October 22, 2012 at 12:43 AM
David- I thought you find this entertaining... From BB1's website: "Special interests and PACS will try to influence this election by throwing money at candidates." Bob Baker1 This guy is a bigger hypocrite than we thought?! On top of spending 20K, the MAJORITY of his campaign funds, in Torrance, (NOT SC) he seems pretty fond of specific PAC's while he warns us to watch out for them on his own website?! This must be one of Bob's "Do as I say, not as Do" messages, he has quite a few of those... The PAC that is supporting him has spent TENS OF THOUSANDS on anti-dahl, anti-Mortenson mailers, he is right, they are throwing money at candidates indeed- and he is the candidate on the receiving end of all that money! Can not even believe that guy has the nerve to put that statement on his own website, knowing how much his sugar daddy's Watchdog PAC has spent on him?? I used to work in marketing, those mailers are EXPENSIVE, the PAC that is supporting Baker has sent 3, WOW. I'd say between 35-40K on negative mailers from that one PAC, from a guy with a warning on his own website to watch out for PAC's?! I don't know how that man sleeps at night. Turns my stomach.
PK October 23, 2012 at 05:11 PM
" A B D" I'll 2nd that!

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