Torres received $2,000 from the law firm of Parker, Milliken, Clark, O'Hara & Samuelian, the company that is defending the Board of Supervisors against a Los Angeles city lawsuit accusing the county of failing to provide help to the homeless. Molina received $3,250.
Several companies with business before the supervisors gave $1,000 to Torres. They include: Newhall Land & Farming Co.; Don Bailey, president of Comarco, a firm hired to run county airports; Marina Plaza Ventures, a partnership headed by Saudi investors seeking to build a hotel on county land in Marina del Rey, and the Holden Group, which administers a multimillion-dollar deferred compensation program for county employees.
The union's successful court fight against a voter-approved $1,000 contribution limit has opened the floodgates in this race, but Molina and Torres have pledged to push for new county contribution limits if elected.
The candidates are not likely to break the record $2.8 million spent by Supervisor Mike Antonovich to beat back a challenge from ex-Supervisor Baxter Ward in 1988, said Robert Stern, co-director of California Commission on Campaign Financing.
But with Molina and Torres continuing to raise funds, they could reach the $2-million mark.
SUPERVISORIAL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTORS
The top contributors to 1st Supervisorial District candidates Gloria Molina and Art Torres: Los Angeles City Councilwoman Gloria Molina
Stanley Hirsh, owner, Mercantile Center: $15,000
Peg Yorkin, Peg Yorkin Productions: $10,000
Women's Political Committee: $10,000
Committee to Reelect Esteban Torres to Congress: $10,000
Lucille Roybal-Allard for Assembly: $8,645
Rep. Ed Roybal Campaign Committee: $7,000
PC Crown Hill: $6,000
Engineers & Architects Assn., city labor union: $7,000
Richard Riordan, downtown attorney: $5,000
Women For: $5,000
Law offices of Manuel Hidalgo: $5,000
Joan Palevsky: $5,000
State Sen. Art Torres
Los Angeles County Firefighters Local 1014: $35,000
Service Employees International Union, Local 660: $32,828
Safi U. Qureshey (: $25,000 loan and : $1,000 contribution): $26,000
Roos for Assembly (loan): $25,000
Friends of Larry Gonzales (loan): $20,000
Richard Riordan, downtown attorney: $20,000
Los Angeles County District Council of Carpenters PAC: $15,500
Friends of Assemblyman Richard Polanco (loan): $15,000
Leticia Quezada for School Board (loan): $15,000
California State Council of Service Employees PAC: $15,000
Gertrude R. Marshall of Arcadia: $15,000