Latest Filing Shows Sepi Shyne with $56,000 in Campaign Donations

Sepi Shyne

A recently filed report shows that Sepi Shyne’s campaign for a seat on the West Hollywood City Council attracted $50,382 in donations from Jan. 1 to June 30. With $5,435 raised last year, the total is now $55,816.

Shyne now ranks fourth among the seven people who have declared their candidacy for the two Council seats (another four people have requested forms required for filing for the election.) John Duran, who has served more than 19 years on the City Council and is running for a sixth term, has so far received $201,885 in donations. John Heilman, who has been on the City Council for 36 years (with the exception of a three-and-a-half month gap in 2015), ranks second with $99,020. Challenger John Erickson comes in third with $60,856. Noemi Torres ranks fifth with donations totaling $17,280. Larry Block comes in sixth with $12,334 in donations, which includes $1,000 from himself. Block also has loaned his campaign $20,000. Marco Colantonio’s campaign donation filing has not yet been made public.

Shyne pledged not to take donations from real estate developers, and her latest filing does not show any. She did receive contributions from several women in West Hollywood who are active in civic affairs. They include Stephanie Harker (donation $100), former Historic Preservation Commissioner Cathy Blaivis ($100), Business License Commissioner Kimberly Copeland ($350), and Public Facilities Commissioner Susan Isaacs ($325). Her campaign also got financial support from Ann Northrop ($100), the lesbian journalist and activist who currently is co-host of TV news program Gay USA, and Linero Lopez Carmen ($200), the national campus organizer for the Feminist Majority Foundation.

There have been 19 people who donated the maximum of $1,000 to Shyne’s campaign. They include Shyne’s wife, Ashlei, who is an actress and filmmaker, and William Resnick, a retired psychotherapist who was a notable contributor to Councilmember Lauren Meister’s campaign.

Shyne’s report shows that 31 of the 58 people listed in her filing who donated $100 or more to her campaign live in West Hollywood. However, Shyne said that 25 of those who donated less than $100 (and thus aren’t identified by name in the campaign finance filings) are West Hollywood residents. To date, she said, 65 of her 320 donors are West Hollywood residents.

The City Council decided in a four-to-one vote in February to increase the limit on an individual’s donation to a particular candidate or ballot measure from $500 to $1,000. A review of donations to date by WEHOville shows that the biggest individual donations are going to incumbents Duran and Heilman, who accounted for 44% and 34% respectively of such donations. Twelve percent of those donating the maximum amount contributed to John Erickson. Nine percent contributed to Shyne. Block received a donation of $1,000 from W.H.C.T., the owner of Mickys bar, and a donation of $1,000 from his sister Laurie. He also made a $1,000 donation to his campaign.

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John Daniel Harrington-Tyrell
John Daniel Harrington-Tyrell
23 days ago

She has my vote

michaelz
michaelz
1 month ago

Ive live in WEHo for over 20 years….Who is Sept shyne ?
Don’t ever remember her being involved in our city….

Justin Justice
Justin Justice
1 month ago

Breath of fresh air. I wish her the best of luck.

But does someone who is sane, humble, and moral even have a chance in West Hollywood, where old men who declare it to be a sex-based city monopolize seats and get their equally creepy cronies to vote them in every time?

Time for Change
Time for Change
1 month ago

Personally, I am sick and tired of business as usual. That goes for the developers running our city, and our the longest running candidate and his protege who need to find other outlets for their energies. John Erickson is a self-serving egotist who showed his true colors at the last Planning Commission meeting when he NOMINATED HIMSELF for the position of Vice-Chair.

Sepi Shyne takes NO DONATIONS from developers. I believe the people, regardless of where they live, believe she will do great things for our city and be the voice of us, the residents and not developers.

Stuart Foxx
Stuart Foxx
1 month ago

What do these guys spend their money on?

TomSmart
TomSmart
1 month ago

She has my vote.

Catherine
Catherine
1 month ago
Reply to  TomSmart

She has my vote as well

Eric Jon Schmidt
Eric Jon Schmidt
1 month ago

Jack Cline (aka Jackie OMG)
donated $125. to Sepi’s campaign, but was omitted from this article. Eric Jon Schmidt has dedicated a page on his website promoting Sepi For City Council.

Eric Jon Schmidt
Eric Jon Schmidt
1 month ago

I wasn’t Sepi’s fault, Jackie made his contribution after the second quarter cut off

Manny
Manny
1 month ago

This report doesn’t seem as in-depth as the others, But anyways, it’s so interesting to see that if money were to be the decider, residents of LA, Pasadena and Washington State would be the ones electing Weho City council members.

You can't handle the TRUTH
You can't handle the TRUTH
1 month ago
Reply to  Manny

@ Manny
Well to some extent, instead of big GIANT DEVELOPERS of West Hollywood who quite frankly couldn’t care less about the quality of life for those of us witnessing the demolition of the ideal, of an urban village.

So for me, I’d rather see residents of LA, Pasadena and Washington state in addition to West Hollywood residents. At least they are supporting a candidate that does NOT rely on developers

Vigilant
Vigilant
1 month ago

How about the recent Law Firm posses who make contributions from family members and possibly their dogs. Does anyone check or cross reference to see if Sally or Mimi are actually people or pets? Strange.

Manny
Manny
1 month ago

But who are the abundant contributors in Pasadena, LA City and Washington Sate that are so interested in Weho City? Could they be special interests too? Wehoville has explored that in the past, but this article didn’t do so. Furthermore, no resident contributors were singled out in the other Wehoville candidate finance reports, why here?

I know, too many questions.

Henry (Hank) Scott
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Manny

WEHOville did research the major donors to Sepi Shyne’s campaign and could not find any connections with real estate interests involved in West Hollywood or with billboard or other companies that require city contracts or permits.