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This week in big-time campaign cash

By Josh Richman
Friday, September 12th, 2008 at 5:01 pm in Assembly, California State Senate, campaign finance, Democratic Party, Elections, General, Republican Party.

I’m including last Friday, Sept. 5 in this week’s roundup of big ($25,000 or more) spenders on California campaigns and committees, as I was out of town that day and had to do last week’s post a day early.

And what a day it was to miss, as 37 egg-related companies from across the nation chose last Friday to lay a golden egg totalling $3,804,443.41 upon the campaign to defeat Proposition 2, which would prohibit confinement of certain farm animals in ways that doesn’t let them turn freely, lie down, stand up and fully extend their limbs. (For brevity’s sake, I’ll save the detailed list of donors for after the jump.)

Does that seem like a lot of separate entities giving a lot of money — especially when you add in dozens more contributions in increments smaller than $25,000 also reported Friday — all on one day? Sure looked that way to Proposition 2′s proponents, who yesterday filed a new complaint (here and here) with the Fair Political Practices Commission. The complaint notes that United Egg Producers had listed many of these contributors as already committing funds in a July 15 fundraising letter, but California law generally requires all donations of $5,000 or more to a ballot-measure campaign be reported within 10 business days. Said Prop. 2 campaign manager Jennifer Fearing: “The opponents of Prop 2 have been caught red-handed in one of the biggest campaign money laundering schemes of all time.”

That’ll be for the FPPC to decide. Meanwhile, only two donations were made in favor of Prop. 2 this week — $25,000 on Monday from Farm Sanctuary Inc. of Watkins Glen, N.Y., and $25,000 Thursday from Animal Welfare Advocacy Inc. of Mamaroneck, N.Y.

In other news, 37 donors gave a total of $1,207,501 this week in support of Proposition 8, the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. (Again, see a detailed list after the jump.) Meanwhile, the National Center for Lesbian Rights put up another $50,000 last Friday to oppose Prop. 2; Puma Springs Vineyards owner Barbara Grassechi of Healdsburg gave $30,000 Monday; Levco CEO Kathy Levinson of Los Altos gave $30,000 Thursday; New York theatrical producer Ted Snowden gave $25,000 last Friday; and San Francisco housewife Dagmar Dolby gave $25,000 Monday.

The California Republican Party gave $591,000 Wednesday to Danny Gilmore‘s campaign for the 30th Assembly District seat, and $400,000 Monday to Gary Jeandron‘s campaign for the 80th Assembly District seat.

The California Democratic Party gave $204,104 Monday to Manuel Perez‘s campaign for the 80th Assembly District seat, and $156,000 last Friday to Hannah Beth Jackson‘s campaign for the 19th State Senate District seat; Jackson picked up another $27,500 that same day from the Santa Barbara Democratic Party, and $55,000 more from the county party today.

Westport Fuel Systems Inc. of Long Beach anted up $250,000 Wednesday to support Proposition 10, a $5 billion bond measure to provide cash incentives to buyers of certain high-fuel-economy and alternative-fuel vehicles as well as to companies researching and developing renewable energy and cleaner cars.

Retired Cisco Systems chairman John P. Morgridge of Portola Valley gave $100,000 Monday to the campaign against Proposition 4, the proposed state constitutional amendment which would require doctors to inform the parent or guardian of a minor 48 hours before providing an abortion to that minor.

New York City-based infrastructure consulting and construction management giant Parsons Brinckerhoff Americas Inc. gave $30,000 Tuesday in support of Proposition 1A, the $10 billion bond measure for high-speed rail.

Brian L. Harvey of Los Angeles, president of the Cypress Land Company, gave $100,000 Wednesday to the campaign for Proposition 11, the legislative redistricting reform measure; the Western Electrical Contractors Association PAC had given $25,000 Monday.

Detailed lists of No on 2 and Yes on 8 donors, after the jump…

Here are major contributors to the campaign against Proposition 2, all listed as having made donations last Friday:
BERNE HI-WAY HATCHERY, BERNE, IN — $35,000
BRASWELL MILLING COMPANY, NASHVILLE, NC — $100,000
CAL-MAINE FOODS, JACKSON, MS — $591,210.53
CENTER FRESH EGG FARM, SIOUX CENTER, IA — $40,000
COLD SPRINGS, WHITEWATER, WI — $32,612.30
CREIGHTON BROTHERS, ATWOOD, IN — $80,000
CRYSTAL FARMS, CHESTNUT MOUNTAIN, GA — $67,372.20
DELTA EGGS, DELTA, UT — $33,075.27
DIXIE EGG COMPANY (FOODONICS), BLACKSHEAR, GA — $65,000
FEATHER CREST FARMS, KURTEN, TX — $35,000
FORT RECOVERY EQUITY, FORT RECOVERY, OH — $131,814
FREMONT FARMS OF IOWA, MALCOLM, IA — $25,000
GALT REAL ESTATE, GALT, IA — $100,000
HERBRUCK’S POULTRY RANCH, SARANAC, MI — $117,500
HICKMAN’S EGG RANCH, BUCKEYE, AZ — $75,000
HILLANDALE FARMS, INC., NORTH VERSAILLES, PA — $96,000
HY-LINE NORTH AMERICA, WEST DES MOINES, IA — $30,000
ISE AMERICA, LAMAR, SC — $40,000
L & R FARMS, PENDERGRASS, GA — $27,100
MAXIM PRODUCTION, BOLING, TX — $95,000
MICHAEL FOODS EGG PRODUCTS COMPANY, MINNETONKA, MN — $100,000
MIDWEST POULTRY SERVICES L.P., MENTONE, IN — $250,000
MOARK LLC, NORCO, CA — $215,079.98
MORNING FRESH FARMS, PLATTEVILLE, CO — $65,000
NATIONAL FOOD CORPORATION, EVERETT, WA — $94,450
PILGRIM’S PRIDE, DALLAS, TX — $25,000
QUALITY EGG OF NEW ENGLAND, TURNER, ME — $100,000
R.W. SAUDER, LITITZ, PA — $87,500
RITEWOOD, INC., FRANKLIN, ID — $29,600
ROSE ACRE FARMS, SEYMOUR, IN — $517,256.35
SPARBOE FARMS, LITCHFIELD, MN — $100,000
SPERRY FARMS, ATLANTIC, PA — $30,000
SUNRISE ACRES, HUDSONVILLE, MI — $42,500
TAMPA FARM SERVICE, DOVER, FL — $100,000
WABASH VALLEY PRODUCE, DUBOIS, IN — $93,510.55
WEAVER BROTHERS, VERSAILLES, OH — $87,500
WILLIAMETTE EGG FARMS, CANBY, OR — $50,362.23

And, this week’s big donors to the campaign for Proposition 8:
CAL FRUIT INTERNATIONAL, INC., YUBA CITY — $25,000
FRED L. CARPENTER, GLENWOOD FINANCIAL GROUP INC., LA CRESCENTA — $25,000
LOREN K. CARROLL, KINGWOOD, TX — $25,000
NORMAN E. CRUM, VALLEY PACIFIC PETRO. SERV. INC., OWNER, STOCKTON — $25,000
ROBERT CUTLER, SAN DIEGO — $25,000
ROWLAND W. DAY II, LAWYER, NEWPORT BEACH — $25,000
CRAIG J. FAULKNER, FAULKNER DEVELOP. GRP., MNGR., RANCHO SANTA FE — $25,000
DON R. FLORA, ALPHADON, ACCT., LAGUNA NIGUEL — $50,000
JUDY GALORATH, RANCHO PALOS VERDES — $50,000
MALINDA HANSEN, PASADENA — $25,000
J. KIRK HARNS, PACIFIC HYDROTECH CORP., ENGINEER, PERRIS — $25,000
EDWARD HELVEY, NMHCS, EXEC., GILROY — $25,000
LAURIE JERGENSEN, POWAY — $25,000
STEVE G. KEITHLY, WHITTIER MAILING PRODUCTS, VP, LA MIRADA — $25,000
RONALD LAKEY, J.F. SACA CO., CPA, ALTA LOMA — $25,000
MAURICE LAM, PHYSICIAN, ROLLING HILLS — $25,000
BARBARA LAMPRECHT, LAGUNA NIGUEL — $25,000
DAVID G. LINDAHL, NATIONAL PURCHASING CORP., V.P., SAN CLEMENTE — $ 25,000
SANDRA LOESCH, RETIRED, GILROY — $35,000
ALEJANDRO J. MARTINEZ, CAPISTRANO BEACH — $40,001
LONNIE C. MCCLEVE, GREENFIELD LAND DEVELOPMENT, GILBERT, AZ — $25,000
JOANNE MCCOLM, PLEASANTON — $25,000
KELVIN H. MOSS, K.H. MOSS CO., INVESTOR, GRANITE BAY — $100,000
MICHAEL G. MULLIN, PACIFIC MARITIME ASSOC., LONGSHORE FOREMAN, LOMITA — $25,000
DAVID A. NEARON, ALTA LEASEBACK CORP., ATTORNEY, ALAMO — $25,000
DAVID G. NIELSON, ALLIANCE OF INSURANCE AGTS & BRKERS, EXEC. DIREC., ROSEVILLE — $25,000
PETER OCHS, FIELDSTONE CORP., CHAIRMAN, CORONA DEL MAR — $50,000
ALAN L. OLSEN, GROCO, CPA, FREMONT — $25,000
DARLENE OLSON, ORLAND — $25,000
H.D. PERRETT, PERRETT RANCHES, RANCHER, SANTA MARIA — $25,000
RICHARD D. PIQUET, ROORDA, PIQUET & BESSEE, ACCT., PERRIS — $25,000
S. LEE ROSS, AMERICAN ENERGY CORPORATIONS INC., CEO, GLENDALE — $50,000
NANCY L. SAUNDERS, NETAPP, HR OPERATIONS, LOS ALTOS — $25,000
CHUCK SCHREIBER JR., KBS REALTY ADVISORS, LAGUNA HILLS — $25,000
CHERYL D. SMITH, SARATOGA — $25,000
WILMA THOMAS, DUBLIN — $32,500
MATTHEW S. WHEELWRIGHT, WHEELWRIGHT CONSULTING, BAKERSFIELD — $100,000

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  • http://schrenkrap.blogspot.com/ Kathy

    This prop 2 business makes me sick. I’m reading Animal Vegetable Miracle right now, so it’s all the more enraging.

  • anwaya

    There is one identification on the list above which I know is an error: the white pages will show that there are two people called Barbara Lamprecht in Southern California, one (Barbara R Lamprecht) in Laguna Niguel, and the other (Barbara M Lamprecht) in Pasadena. The one in Laguna Niguel did not write “Neutra: Complete Works”, the one in Pasadena did. I know Barbara Lamprecht of Pasadena, and she would not have contributed one cent to the ‘Yes on 8′ campaign. In fact, if she had $25,000 to spare for a political campaign, it would have gone in the other direction. Please remove the link to Taschen’s web site from the name ‘Barbara Lamprecht’ above.

    Again according to the White Pages, Barbara Lamprecht of Laguna Niguel appears to be married to Richard Lamprecht, and according to http://mayorwatch.blogspot.com/2006/11/why-do-irvine-developers-want-reed.html, Richard Lamprecht is a property developer for the Irvine Company.

  • Josh Richman

    Anwaya… thanks very much for this clarification.