Opinion: WeHoMAP Follows the Rules…and the Money

The West Hollywood Money and Politics Committee (WeHoMAP) is a “General Purpose Committee” created to educate West Hollywood and its surrounding cities voters on issues that most impact our daily lives – traffic and parking, affordable housing and homelessness.

A General Purpose Committee, like WeHoMAP or the WeHo Chamber of Commerce’s WeHoPAC, is defined as being involved in either multiple elections or multiple jurisdictions.

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WeHoMAP has been active not only in educating voters in West Hollywood but also in support of smart-growth candidates like John Mirisch in Beverly Hills, and support of Los Angeles County Measure H, to help house the homeless.

Unfortunately, the law firm behind Standing Up for West Hollywood—a $140,000 SuperPAC supporting John Heilman and John Duran re-election funded mostly by real estate developers and their lobbyists—is trying to shift the focus away from these issues by making two allegations against WeHoMAP.

1. Mail pieces did not include the top three donors to WeHoPAC. However, as a General Purpose Committee, WeHoMAP is not required by any state or local law to include that information on any of its communications.

Kaufman Legal Group, which filed the complaints is also the employer of Joe Guardarrama—the only West Hollywood resident allowed to sit on the 2015 City Ethics Task Force.

One of the few recommendations to come from the Ethics Reform Task Force was to require local “Primarily Formed Committees” (not General Purpose Committees) to include their top three donors on mass mailings going to more than 200 households.

2. The second complaint claimed failure to include a disclosure stating, “advertisement was not approved by any candidate for this office or any committee controlled by the candidate”.

This disclosure was included on every mass mailing, door hanger and video. In two instances, however, the disclosure was not surrounded by a 3.5-point box when it should have been. When the committee was made aware of this issue, it promptly stopped the presses on all voter communications and asked the graphic designer to add the 3.5-point box, which voters will see this week when they receive our mail.

WeHoMAP encourages all voters to turn out on Tuesday, to research the issues and the candidates and who’s supporting them because for the future of the region, that is what matters on Tuesday.

When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, they will have several issues to decide. We hope the residents of WeHo, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles will evaluate the issues facing the region and where the candidates stand on the issues and go vote on Tuesday, March 7th.

Catherine Hahn is the WeHoPAC principal officer. Scott Schmidt is the treasurer of WeHoPAC

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Election Skills
Election Skills
3 years ago

If ya’ll want money out of elections then focus on that. Developers build, that’s what they do. If the residents want more impressive architecture and different scaling of the community, which exponentially totally leads to traffic, green space and environmental concerns, best become informed, fluent in those disciplines and contribute to the discussion. Subjective uninformed criticism from the side lines is just that, and it frequently travels in circles. This is a fine young city but apparently many of the loudest and most uninformed residents have a mistaken impression about their level of sophistication. They would rather be loud and… Read more »

Brian Holt
Brian Holt
3 years ago

@LarryBlock boy how have things changed. Now that ur not running the 2Johns can do no wrong. Quit pushing #fakenews BS. You’re integrity is dwindling fast.

Shawn Thompson
Shawn Thompson
3 years ago

Sure go to the city’s web site and look at the financial statements. Its all weho residents, no developers, billboard companies or city contractors. Resident money only

Amanda Goodwin
Amanda Goodwin
3 years ago

I agree with you David Reid. And, Steve Resnick is the biggest donor of Wehomap.

WeHo Resident
WeHo Resident
3 years ago

@Russell. It’s on the City’s website.

WeHo Resident
WeHo Resident
3 years ago

@Russell, yes we do have a right and it has been posted on line for weeks and weeks. It can be found on the city website. WeHo.org. You search for Campaign Finance Statements. Every contribution over $100.00 must be posted for every candidate and every committee. It is interesting reading. Multiple members of one of the developers families each donated $500 to the incumbents. Legal? Yes. Ethical? Maybe not. It begs the question why would NINE members of the Illoulian family, who own Faring Capital, who have projects all over town, want to give Heilman $4,500.00

Check it out: http://ssl.netfile.com/Pub2/AllFilingsByCandidate.aspx?id=162062800&candidate=Heilman%2c+John

Pat Dixon
Pat Dixon
3 years ago

What David Reid said is what I would say if I had command of the language as well as he. Get off Cynthia’s case, Larry; you’re being obvious and not fair. We do not need another four years of development and more development, traffic and more traffic… Cynthia has the knowledge and savvy to replace Duran, who is to me is the most onerous of all the candidates and should have resigned when deputy gate reared its truthful head.

Russell
Russell
3 years ago

WeHoMAP’s response is reasonable, but we should have a right to know who’s funding them. Does anyone know?

Virginia Gillick
Virginia Gillick
3 years ago

I am on WEHOMAP’s side. I wonder who actually filed this suit and why? It will all be over in 3 days. I am hoping for change in WEHO.

David Reid
3 years ago

Wait til the next, final reports are in. The Duran PACs will go over $250,000 on a race that draws in a city with 25,000 registered voters. And only 5000 vote! $90,000 per space for the robogarage (which was suppose to include a 3rd story community room. $180,000,000 on a park that’s less than 9 acres. You want scandal? google: Duran and credit card scandal, or deputy sex scandal. Can’t the City do better? Yes it can. Councilmembers, not city managers are being elected. They are but a voice of the people. Not a voice of the developers. Let’s see… Read more »

Nir Zilberman
Nir Zilberman
3 years ago

I’m not sure why it’s so hard to understand, our city of WEST HOLLYWOOD is running by those people who “buy” our lives. Cynthia is TRUE HONEST LEADER, She is NOT for sale. it’s about time we admit it, change it or move on. Don’t you remember the last election, John DA’MICO was very clear, all what it take $350.000 to get a sit. Shawn Thompson, i agree with you 100%. Too many of our residents only see what we want to see… What are we portending not to know? The Truth? The Facts? Scandal, Let’s get real. SEX SCANDAL,… Read more »

CA Native
CA Native
3 years ago

Seems like much ado about nothing. Russia, now THAT is a scandal

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