From $0 to $16,000 in one race
Campaign finance disclosure statements filed with the city clerk’s office showed that campaign war chests for the February primary election  ranged from $16,000 for a council candidate who got fewer than 2,000 votes to no contributions for another.
Developers from both in and out of state were among contributors to the three incumbents running to retain their council seats.
Councilman Dave Golonski, who is running for his fourth term, took in $2,200 in donations from an attorney, an engineering firm, a traffic consultant and other businesses based in Arizona.
Jim O’Neil, executive vice president of Crown Realty, owner of the Burbank Town Center Mall, received the checks and gave them to Golonski.
Crown sent out a letter to friends and business associates requesting donations for all three incumbents, but there was no requirement to do so, O’Neil said. Some recipients of the letter made no donations. Murphy and Ramos declined to accept donations solicited by the letter.
“There were no strings attached,” O’Neil said. “We did this because we believe in Burbank and want to continue the momentum of its positive business climate.”
Crown made no donations to any of the candidates, O’Neil added.
Golonski accepted the contributions because he was comfortable that the donors knew no expectations were tied to the money, Golonski said.
“I don’t see how they can have expectations because they will have nothing before the council,” Golonski said.
No, they didn’t need to buy him off. They already knew he’d work for free. That’s why they wanted to give him the money. To keep him winning.
He was their guy.