“WeHo United for John Heilman for City Council 2015,” to date the only independent expenditure committee to emerge in the June 2 Council election, has more than doubled its fundraising in the past few weeks.
The committee, which by law is not allowed to coordinate its spending with that of Heilman’s campaign, had reported contributions of $40,012 as of April 14. They were included in the pre-election campaign report filed April 18.
But more recent reports of individual contributions have boosted that figure to $97,512. As was the case with the donations reported April 18, most of the money is from real estate development interests.
The donors include BMB Commercial Corp. ($15,000), Excel Property Management Services ($15,000), Washington-Western LLC ($10,000), Townscape Management ($10,000), James. R. Zarian ($10,000) and E.T. Legg & Associates ($2,500).
BMB Commercial is a firm controlled by Benjamin Soleimani, a developer with major interests on Melrose Avenue. Excel Property Management Services is controlled by Arman Gabay of the Charles Group, which is the developer of the Melrose Triangle project. Washington-Western occupies the same office on Melrose Avenue as developer Jerry Illoulian’s Aga John. Townscape Management is owned by John Irwin and Tyler Siegel, developers involved in the 8899 Beverly and 8150 Sunset projects. James R. Zarian is an inventor of various commercial lighting and fiber optic products. E.T. Legg & Associates is a billboard company.
Heilman, a 30-year Council member who lost his bid for re-election in the March 3 election, is one of four candidates in the special election on June 1 to fill one Council seat. Others are Larry Block, Cole Ettman and Heidi Shink.