|$62,000 in "Nonmonetary" Contributions a Day Before Elections to
August 9, 2004
Huntington Park- On March 3, 2003, a day before election day, the slate of
Noguez/Gomez/Hernandez received a combined total infusion of "Nonmonetary", or soft
money, campaign contributions totaling $62,500, according to California Form 460
campaign statement filing reports reviewed by WatchOurCity.com.
Public records show that on that day, Noguez received $11,000; Gomez received $25,000;
Hernandez received $26,500 in contributions labeled "Nonmonetary", and were listed as
"Literature" and "Printing".
The contributors included several owners of Tacos Mexico: Ricardo Moreno , $42,500 for
literature and printing; Leonardo's Restaurant, $5,000 for food and hall event; Ramini
Salari, $15,000 for literature, a businessman; and a contribution of $5,000 each to Ofelia
Hernandez and Mario Gomez from “M.A.N. Properties” for “Literature”. M.A.N.
Properties is a business entity controlled by John Noguez. An additional combined
"Nonmonetary" contribution of $10,000 was donated a few days earlier, on 2-14-03 by
Ricardo Moreno, owner of Tacos Mexico ($5,000 to Hernandez and $5,000 to Gomez).
Council member Ed Escareno also managed to make a $300 Nonmonetary donation to
Mario Gomez. The large contribution amounts are highly unprecedented in the history of
Huntington Park municipal elections.
Total "Nonmonetary" contributions to the Noguez/Hernandez/Gomez 2003 campaign slate
was $72,800. By comparison, combined “Monetary” contributions received by the slate
only amounted to $57,020. Total combined contributions from the earliest reporting period
up to election day for both Monetary and Nonmonetary for the slate of
Noguez/Hernandez/Gomez is $129,820.
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