By Kristina Pritchett
The last round of campaign finances not only showed which City Council candidate raised the most money, but it also showed a group against short-term rentals raised more than $36,000.
According to the campaign statement, Residents Who Care about Dana Point brought in $36,458.20 between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2016 and $55,295.67 for the entire calendar year.
Monetary contributions were made by a number of Dana Point residents as well as three payments by Headlands Reserve, LLC for two payments of $6,750 and another payment for $6,242.20.
The payments the group made includes those to Copytron, COGS Signs, Strumwasser & Woocher LLP for legal defense, Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk for legal work, Denise Erkeneff, Rick Erkeneff, Sandie Iverson and Ross Teasley for campaign consultants, Mark Zanides to reimburse the purchase of voter lists from the Orange County Registrar, Director Democracy Unlimited for petition circulating, Dana Point Times for print ads, Smart and Final Supermarket for fundraising events and Lester Hill for loan repayment.
The total expenditures made by the group, between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2016, totaled $48,754.44. For the calendar year, the total was $59,511.53.
Sanford Edward, developer of the Headlands Reserve, said the money the Reserve contributed was to support the short-term rental referendum and that all funds went to gathering signatures.
Sandie Iverson said the payments made to her and the Erkeneffs were for the consulting of the city council candidates.
Michelle Brough brought in the most money among City Council candidates in 2016. Documents show Brough brought in $3,542 for the period between Oct. 23 and Dec. 31, 2016 and a total of $16,837 for the year.
Debra Lewis brought in $4,242 for the same period and $12,174 for the year, and Paul Wyatt raised $3,290 amassing a total of $10,712 for the year. Penny Maynard raised $275 for the last portion of the election and had a total of $1,098 for the year.
Nadia Khalil filed a Form 470, which states she did not spend or receive more than $2,000, therefore she did not have any other campaign statements to file.
**This story was updated with a comment from Sandie Iverson at 10:18 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3.