Campaign Disclosure Forms Reveal Snapshot of Candidates’ Fundraising

PALM SPRINGS —  When it comes to fundraising, Mayor Pro Tem Christy Holstege is outpacing her pair of challengers in the run up to the Nov. 3 election for the District 4 seat,

As of Aug. 25, 2020, there were 5,838 registered voters in District 4, according to  City Clerk Anthony Mejia.

For the period July 1 to Sept. 19, Campaign Disclosure Forms show Holstege raking in $71,691.51 in total contributions, including a $10,000 loan to herself. Her total expenditures for the period were slightly more than $33,000.

Her fundraising efforts were buoyed with contributions from fellow City Councilor Lisa Middleton; Aftab Dada, general manager of the Hilton Palm Springs and chair of the local non-profit PS Resorts; Joy Silver, a twice-failed Democratic candidate for state Senate; Desert Stonewall Democrats; Local  Union 440, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; and United  Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1167.

For the same period, Mike McCulloch’s fundraising efforts netted him $41,133, He disclosed $22,171.03 in expenditures,

Some of his contributors include Mrs. Gene Autry; Doug Evans, a former city planner; Negie Bogert; Frank Bogert’s widow; Chris Mills, former City Councilor; Lee Weigel, former Palm Springs Police Chief and City Councilor; Riverside Sheriff’s Association; and Sherman’s Delicatessen and Bakery.

Dian Torres’ fundraising efforts brought in total contributions of $3,505 from 10 people between July 1 and Sept. 19. Her total expenditures for the period were $1,381.58.

To read the Campaign Disclosure Forms in their entirety, click here.

Palm Springs residents can access information about the upcoming November 3, 2020 election, including details about City Council candidates, campaign disclosure reports, information about the City’s five-district voting system, and much more by clicking here.

Voters can also find an online map allowing them to locate their Council district along with information about Voter Assistance Centers, how to request a vote-by-mail ballot, and a link to register to vote.

The deadline to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 19, 2020.

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