Friday, February 9th, 2007 at 6:02 pm in Uncategorized.
The primary is 16 months away (or perhaps 12, if state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, has his way), but campaign finance filings for Assembly candidates Jerry Hill (left) and Richard Holober are already bubbling.
With a Jan. 31 filing deadline passed, documents reveal, well, not a whole lot, save for different fundraising philosophies.
Besides receiving a $1,000 donation from former Sheriff Don Horsley in October, Hill has done nothing but transfer some $11,000 in leftover funds from last year’s re-election campaign for San Mateo County supervisor. Hill said it was much too early to glean any meaning from the numbers, as he said he hadn’t even officially announced his candidacy yet.
“To me, its necessary to do preliminary work first, which is talking to people, getting endorsements,” Hill said. “In the next six months, I guarantee there’ll be significant amounts of money raised.”
Meanwhile, however, Holober has taken a vastly different approach, funneling $168,000 of his own money into his campaign coffers. One hundred thousand of it is money Holober has loaned his campaign and will ostensibly be offset and paid back to him from future donations.
Holober said the money was largely from an inheritance.
“My mother raised me to make a difference in the world and that’s what I’m hoping to do in the state Legislature,” Holober said.
But just three of his 16 donations are from people or organizations who are within Assembly District 19, which stretches from South San Francisco west to Half Moon Bay and south to Belmont. Gene Mullin, D-South San Francisco, currently holds the seat but will be termed out next year.
By way of explanation, Holober said that his work thus far, particularly with the federation, has impacted people beyond the county.
“They seem willing to give me that support, which I’m appreciative of,” Holober said.