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GOP GROUPS HELPED ESTES CANDIDATES NAME CONTRIBUTORS IN FINAL FILINGS.

Byline: Karen Maeshiro Staff Writer

LANCASTER - GOP Assemblyman George Runner's campaign committee, a conservative Republican group and attorney R. Rex Parris pumped thousands of dollars into the judicial campaign of Deputy District Attorney Chris Estes, final campaign records show.

The group Friends of George Runner loaned Estes' campaign $13,500, while a committee of the Antelope Valley Republican Assembly provided campaign literature and mailings, postage and a phone bank worth about $11,925 in all.

Parris donated $9,566 in television air time and production and campaign literature, and his law firm gave $1,000 in cash, according to the final reports filed on spending in the race.

Estes reported receiving $73,853 in contributions and spending $70,557 in defeating family law specialist David Bianchi in the March 7 election to fill the seat being vacated by Judge William Seelicke, who is retiring. Estes will take office in January.

Bianchi raised $55,721 and spent $55,662.

In the other judicial race, incumbent Judge Pamela Rogers raised $47,557 and spent $47,543 in beating two challengers: attorneys William Clark and Larry Layton.

Layton had filed a statement that he would not raise or spend more than $1,000 in the race. Clark missed a deadline to file his final campaign-finance report and has been given a 10-day warning to send it in or face a penalty, county election officials said. In a previous report, Clark said he had received $44,689 in contributions and spent $43,195 through Feb. 19.

Estes' and Rogers' campaign documents show a link to a committee that supported the winning candidates - Kevin Carney, Mike Dispenza and Rod Penner - in the last Palmdale city election.

Carney, a former high school trustee and sheriff's sergeant, resigned his office after being charged with molesting four girls. He has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

Formerly Citizens for a Safer Palmdale, the group changed its name to Citizens for a Safer Community, according to county election officials.

Rogers' records show the committee got $8,387 in mailers and postage from her campaign resources, while the committee got $2,488 in nonmonetary contributions from the Estes camp.

In turn, Estes got nonmonetary contributions worth $7,078 from the committee, while Rogers got $579 worth of postage.

Citizens for a Safer Community reported raising $24,039 and spending $23,992. The committee listed a $7,000 loan from Lancaster businessman and former state GOP party Chairman Frank Visco, a $5,000 loan from Friends of George Runner, a $200 loan from Patrick Sileo, treasurer for Estes' campaign and for the committee, and $800 in cash from Judge Randolph Rogers, Pamela Rogers' husband.

The Antelope Valley Republican Assembly committee donated $4,689 in nonmonetary contributions to Pamela Rogers.

Bianchi's campaign received $1,000 from a committee called Palmdale on the Move that also had supported candidates in the Palmdale city election.

Palmdale on the Move sent out a mailer endorsing the candidacies of Mayor Jim Ledford, who won, and council candidates David Collin, Dawn Charlton, Al Beattie, Jay Freeman and Lynn Coffey, who did not.

Parris contributed $3,960 to the California Voter Guide, a slate mailer organization, in support of Estes' and Rogers' campaigns.

Others connected to Parris also made donations to Estes and Rogers. Estes listed a $1,000 cash contribution and a $1,000 loan from attorney Scott Idleman, an attorney in Parris' office.

Nonmonetary contributions to Estes included $858 in campaign food and supplies from Parris' wife, Carrol, and $1,800 in radio air time and production from Parris' brother Rob.

Parris' wife gave $5,985 worth of mailers to Rogers' campaign while his brother donated $1,000 in cash to Estes' campaign.

Estes' donors included Woodland Hills attorney Eugene Comroe, $3,222; Encino law firm Bob M. Cohen and Associates, $2,500; Northridge law firm Volchok, Volchok & Zayon, $2,000; Senior Systems Technology, $2,000; roofing contractor Johnny Zamrzla, $1,000; Cardiff by the Sea attorney Jordan Cohen, $1,000; Encino attorney Blake Holler, $1,000; San Diego attorney Craig Miller, $1,000; and insurance firm Frank Visco and Associates, $1,000.

Other contributors included Northridge BKP Chiropractic, $396; Judge Michael Luros, $300; Dr. Robert Lawrence, $200; Able 2 Help, a business in Lancaster, $199; physician Ruth Oren, $198; Lancaster law firm Menefee and Lepore, $198; Lancaster attorney David Ambill, $198; Norman Hickling, $198; Lancaster attorney Todd Marsh, $198; Lancaster attorney Michael Nusbaum, $198; attorney Jonathan Trevillyan, $180; Sheriff's Department psychologist Steven Sultan, $150; Los Angeles law firm Fine & Chais, $100; Deputy Public Defender Manuel Martinez, $100; attorney JoMarie Martinez, $100; El Segundo law firm Nishimura and Saunders, $100; Clark and Howard Towing;, $100; Palmdale Pawnshop, $100; Schooner's Restaurant, $100; Lancaster attorney Susan Baumberger, $100; La Mesa attorney Clayton Anderson, $100; sheriff's Deputy Thomas Carter, $100; Deputy District Attorney Tannas Mokayef, $100; Deputy Public Defender Pete Oliverez, $100; and Littlerock retiree Tulio Nieves, $100.

The Estes campaign got $1,012 worth of sign-installation work from Zamrzla and $230 worth of T-shirts from Creative Concepts.

Bianchi made $31,894 in loans to himself.

Bianchi's contributors included Perry and Cheryl Pulos of George's Cleaners, $1,500; Lancaster retiree Murray Shekter, $1,000; hospital board member Larry Chimbole, $900; financial planner and former Lancaster mayor Timothy Hayes, $750; farmer John Calandri, $700; Essex House, $500; Lancaster attorney Brian Reed, $500; Palmdale attorney David Jeffries, $500; retiree Vernon Hitchcock, $500; physician Indu Jain, $500; real estate agent Mark Troth, $500; Rancho Vista Development Co., $500; Judge Frank and Joni Jackson, $400; Dr. Nick Alapour, $299; Camacho Auto Sales, $250; Laborers Local 300, $250; Acton attorney Morgan Spector, $250; Dr. Leonard Kurian, $250; attorney Nolen Milburn, $249; Lancaster attorney Robert Johnson, $200; Mid Valley Realtors, $200; Palmdale Urology Medical Association, $200; Lancaster retiree Richard Cox, $200; Lancaster attorney David Collins, $200; Delmar Van Dam of Van Dam Farms, $200; attorney Frank Michelizzi, $200; Lancaster physician Javeed Ahmed, $200; Vose Properties, $200; Dr. Gregory Senofsky, $200; Lancaster Morgana Motors, $100; and Lancaster attorney James Burton, $200.

Other contributors were Greco-Bowman Chiropractic, $198; funeral director LeeRoy Halley, $198; Dr. Richard Hahn, $150; Mojave CPA Danny Carol, $150; insurance agent Stephen Dill, $150; Lancaster mortgage broker Fumie Vigil, $150; Palmdale law firm Epson, Milburn & Kahl, $150; court reporter Melanie Kahler, $149; Palmdale attorney Richard White, $100; Lancaster attorney Volodor Kuzyk, $100; Lancaster physician Robert Lawrence, $100; Ron Carter, $100; pharmacist Dan Kivisto, $100; retiree Roy Simi, $100; insurance agent Samuel Maston, $100; Dr. Jose Gordo, $100; Dr. Brit Smith, $100; Lancaster attorney Claudia Weaver, $100; salesman Charles Weaver, $100; computer programmer Emil Machal, $100; pharmacist Dave Hines, $100; Damle Medical Corp., $100; Palmdale attorney Jonathan Hickman, $100; insurance broker John Massari, $100; insurance broker Joel Whitener, $100; Palmdale attorney Terence Baird, $100; Realtor Joseph Stello, $100; Pandellis Chryssostomides, $100; Lancaster attorney Cynthia Pollock, $100; and business owner Harrison Turner, $100.

Nonmonetary contributions included use of a billboard from attorney Volodor Kuzyk valued at $1,700; newspaper advertisement from attorney Tom Ward valued at $150; and lumber for signs from contractor Harold King valued at $200.

Rogers listed $2,305 in monetary contributions, including $500 from Lancaster attorney Brian Reed; $300 from Judge Michael Luros; $250 each from Acton attorney Jonathan Trevillyan and Lancaster attorney Mark Thompson; and $100 from insurance agent Jim McGuire; and a $10,000 loan to her campaign from her husband, Judge Randolph Rogers.

Nonmonetary contributions totaled $29,551 - mostly from her husband in printing, signs, advertising, mailers, lumber, copies and postage, as well as $1,012 from Zamrzla in labor.

Clark's contributions included a $25,000 loan from Santa Clarita developer Larry Rasmussen and a $600 loan from Clark to his campaign.

Donors included Rasmussen, $5,000; $1,000 from retiree Lillian Clark; $500 each from Robertson's Palmdale Honda, Acton-based Kyllo, Inc., Montana-based Lost Lake Cattle Ranch, Arthur Furtado, and Takeo's Restaurant; $400 from Lancaster-based Able 2 Help; $300 from Sylmar-based Valley Concrete Placing; $250 from onion grower John Calandri; $200 each from High Desert Chiropractic, Moll Chiropractic Center, Lancaster attorney Sue Ann Howard, and Janice Hume; $150 from retiree Marguerite Holloway; and $100 each from retirees Lawrence Decker, Edward Walsh, and Paul Beeson, Palmdale manufacturer Arthur Burckle and Van Nuys attorney Frank Disabatino.
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