Lake Forest: Campaign Report Shows Adam Nick’s Recall Committee Is Deeply In Debt

Unusual seems to be the usual when it comes to anything involving former Lake Forest Councilman Adam Nick.

Case in point: the recent campaign disclosure report for Nick’s current attempt to recall Lake Forest Councilman Andrew Hamilton. It shows a mountain of unpaid bills and minimal contributions. 75% of the contributions are from the political consultant Nick has hired to collect signatures for the recall.

The recall effort qualified to collect signatures on March 31, and has been collecting signatures more or less continuously since April until turning in the more than 16,000 signatures on July 25, a few days ahead of the July 29 deadline. 8,834 valid signatures are necessary to qualify a recall election.

Despite nearly four months of continual campaign activity, the report field by the “Committee to Recall Councilman Andrew Hamilton 2017” shows it received only $3,350 in combined monetary and non-monetary contributions, but racked up $55,055.16 in unpaid bills from consultants running the recall petition circulation operation.

The sole monetary contribution was a $2,500 loan from San Diego-based political consultant Bob Schuman – whom the recall committee owes $30,350 according to the report. It’s strange for a consultant to loan money to a campaign client. Furthermore, it’s highly unusual for a consultant to carry such a huge amount in unpaid bills: should the recall fail to qualify, good luck collecting payment from Adam Nick.

One possible scenario is Nick may have delayed payment until after June 30 in order to hide the level of his financial involvement in the Hamilton recall. If the recall fails, it will be six months until the next campaign finance report is filed. If it does qualify, we’ll find out sooner.

The OC Registrar of Voters is handling the signature verification process, which must be finished by September 6. If it qualifies, the recall election will most likely be held in early or mid-December 2017.

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