“WeHo United for John Heilman for City Council 2015” is the first of the so-called “independent expenditure” committees to have emerged in the June 2 race for a seat on the City Council.
As of April 14, the committee had amassed donations of $40,012, with the majority of that from real estate interests. The biggest donors are the Mani Brothers and Venice Investments, which each donated $15,000. David and Yousef Emrani’s Venice Investments is the developer of the Sunset Plaza project at 8255-8295 Sunset Blvd. near Sweetzer. Daniel and Simon Mani are owners of the 9000 and 9200 Sunset Blvd. office buildings.
Townscape Management, the developer of the controversial projects at 8899 Beverly Blvd. and 8150 Sunset Blvd., donated $5,012. Ace Outdoor, which frequently engages with the city for permits for billboards on Sunset Boulevard, donated $5,000.
Independent expenditure committees by law are not allowed to coordinate their spending or campaign efforts with candidates they support.