This week in big-time campaign cash

Topping this week’s roundup of big ($25,000 or more) spenders on California campaigns and committees is the $4 million that T. Boone Pickens‘ Seal Beach-based Clean Energy put Wednesday into the campaign for Proposition 10, a $5 billion bond measure called the California Alternative Fuels Initiative that would 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. This was Pickens’ idea; he stands to make a bundle from it; and his company has put up about $7 million of the almost $7.75 million collected for the campaign to date.

Next up is the $2 million that Arizona education and communications magnate Peter Sperling sank Monday into the campaign for Proposition 7, which would require California utilities to procure half of their power from renewable resources by 2025. This brings Sperling’s stake in the measure to $7.25 million so far.

Lots of money continued to roll in this week for the campaign against Proposition 8, the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Healthcare supply heir and billionaire philanthropist Jon Stryker of Kalamazoo, Mich., gave $350,000 Wednesday; International Flavors and Fragrances heir and philanthropist Henry Van Ameringen gave $100,000 Tuesday while the Democratic State Central Committee of California gave $100,000 Wednesday; the Proteus Fund’s Civil Marriage Collaborative of Amherst, Mass., gave $80,000 Monday; the Human Rights Campaign PAC gave $75,000 Tuesday; billionaire Dreamworks CEO David Geffen gave $50,000 Monday; and it was $25,000 each from bank president’s wife and retiree Mary Judith Meelia of Walpole, Mass., on Monday, the San Diego-based Center Advocacy Project Issues PAC on Tuesday, Good Green Home founder and CEO John Barabino of Chevy Chase, Md., on Tuesday, and Bubble Factory founder and film producer Sid Sheinberg of Beverly Hills on Wednesday. There’s also a $50,000 contribution listed as coming in Wednesday from Fall Out Boy of Point Richmond — is this the Chicago-area pop-punk band, and if so, why the East Bay address? Elsewhere, Equality California moved $500,000 Tuesday and Californians Against Elimination of Basic Rights moved $100,000 Friday of the money they’d collected into a central No on 8 account. Meanwhile, J. Cliff Johnson of Yuba City gave $25,000 Sunday to support Proposition 8.

The Democratic State Central Committee of California was busy this week, putting another $210,676.40 Monday into Manuel Perez‘s 80th Assembly District campaign; $164,500 Thursday to Fran Florez’s campaign for the 30th Assembly District; $80,000 Tuesday into former Assemblywoman Hannah Beth Jackson‘s 19th State Senate District campaign; $41,248.14 Tuesday into Marty Block‘s 78th Assembly District campaign; and $33,886.68 Monday into Assemblywoman Lois Wolk‘s 8th State Senate District campaign. Meanwhile, the a different California Democratic Party account gave $30,000 Tuesday to Joan Buchanan‘s 15th Assembly District campaign.

On the other side of the aisle, the California Republican Party gave $250,000 today to former Assemblyman Tony Strickland‘s 19th State Senate District campaign. Republican Bill Berryhill put $100,000 of his own money into his 26th Assembly District campaign Monday, and the Fresno County Republican Central Committee did pony up $116,675 Thursday for Gary Jeandron‘s 80th Assembly District campaign.

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles anted up $435,000 Wednesday for Proposition 3, the Children’s Hospital Bond Act, which would authorize almost $1 billion in bonds to be repaid from state’s General Fund to pay for construction, expansion, remodeling, renovation, furnishing and equipping of children’s hospitals.

Planned Parenthood of San Diego and Riverside Counties gave $150,000 while Concord-based Planned Parenthood Shasta-Diablo gave $100,000 Tuesday and the Democratic State Central Committee of California gave $100,000 Wednesday 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. The Sacramento-based Campaign for Teen Health and Safety moved $200,000 of what it has collected against Proposition 4 into Planned Parenthood’s No on 4 account. Meanwhile, Irvine attorney Timothy R. Busch‘s Lenawee Trust gave $25,000 today to support Proposition 4.

Egg producer Moark LLC of Norco gave $280,803.20 today to oppose Proposition 2, which would prohibit confinement of certain farm animals in ways that don’t let them turn freely, lie down, stand up and fully extend their limbs. In support of Proposition 2, retired hedge fund manager Michelle Thomson of Philadelphia gave another $25,000 Sunday and Houston entrepreneur and investor William W. Nicholson, a former Amway executive and Ford Administration official, gave $25,000 Monday.

Gap Inc. chairman Emeritus Donald G. Fisher of San Francisco gave $100,000 Monday to support Proposition 11, the legislative redistricting reform measure.

Crime Victims United of California gave $100,000 Monday to support Proposition 9, which would expand crime victims’ rights including restitution.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) gave $30,200 and the California Council of Laborers PAC gave $25,000 today to the Merced County Democratic Central Committee.

My nomination for mystery contribution of the week is the $50,000 that former Los Angeles Mayor, 2002 GOP gubernatorial primary candidate and former California Secretary of Education Richard Riordan gave Tuesday to Protecting California’s Children. That’s a Los Angeles-based, statewide ballot-measure committee which said in its initial filing that it supports increased funding for foster care and child-welfare programs; it had collected only $2,500 earlier, so this marks a sudden money infusion.

STV Inc., a Rancho Cucamonga-based engineering, architectural and planning firm, gave $30,000 Tuesday to support Proposition 1A, the $10 billion bond measure for high-speed rail.

And the Lakeside-based Barona Band of Mission Indians gave $25,000 Thursday to the campaign against Proposition 5, which would expand state funding and oversight for treatment and rehab programs for nonviolent drug offenders and parolees while reducing criminal penalties and limiting courts’ authority to lock up offenders who violate probation or parole.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.