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Updated: 8:06 a.m. on Oct. 6
By Eric Heinz
Campaign finance reports were turned in Sept. 30 to the city of San Clemente Clerk’s Office. The documents are public record.
Steve Swartz has raised $18,048 and spent $14,628. A loan of $10,000 from his company, South Coast Surety Insurance Services, Inc., foots most of the contributions in addition to a $4,000 loan to himself.
Chris Hamm has raised and spent the least of any candidate, gathering $7,556 and spending $4,350. Hamm is also one of two candidates that has not taken out any loans for campaign financing.
Some of the doctors who worked for Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in San Clemente, which closed earlier this year, have contributed to his campaign.
Bob Baker has raised $9,821 as of Sept. 24. He loaned himself $8,550 of that, and another $1,106 was listed but not itemized. He had spent $5,775 of that as of Sept. 24.
Dan Bane has collected the most in this campaign season so far, about $20,000 in contributions, which includes a $11,159 in loan from himself. Bane has the support of former Council members Jim Dahl and Joe Anderson, who contributed small amounts. Also, current City Councilwoman Lori Donchak contributed $250 to Bane’s campaign.
Bane’s largest individual contribution comes from Christy MacBride-Hart for $1,000.
Bane has also paid $6,000 to Evan Chaffee, who is a candidate for the Municipal Water District of Orange County and does political consulting.
Bane and Swartz both received the endorsement from the Orange County GOP as well as contributions from the California Real Estate PAC.
Pamela Joy Glass filed a form 470, meaning she does not intend to raise or spend more than the $2,000 for her campaign.
The next round of campaign finance reports from candidates is due Oct. 27.
San Clemente City Hall will be open on election night starting at 8 p.m. on Nov. 8 to receive election returns. The public is welcome to come.
Correction: A previous version of this story indicated Dan Bane received an $11,159 loan from his employer. This was erroneous. Bane himself loaned that amount of money to his campaign.