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This week in big-time campaign cash

By Josh Richman
Friday, October 17th, 2008 at 5:08 pm in General.

Topping this week’s roundup of big ($25,000 or more) spenders on California campaigns and committees yet again is T. Boone Pickens‘ Seal Beach-based Clean Energy, which put another $3 million 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. You know Pickens stands to make a bundle if this measure passes; Clean Energy has now contributed almost $11.75 million of the almost $13.5 million collected overall for the campaign… so far.

The Burlingame-based California Teachers Association gave $1 million Tuesday to oppose Proposition 8, the proposed state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Other contributions to the “No on 8″ effort this week included $450,000 Wednesday from healthcare supply heir and billionaire philanthropist Jon Stryker of Kalamazoo, Mich., (bringing his total thus far to $1 million), and then $25,000 each from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa‘s mayoral campaign committee Monday; Regent Entertainment CEO Paul Colichman on Tuesday; the Los Angeles-based Breslauer, Rutman & Anderson management services firm Wednesday; personal and dating ad Web site operator Progressive Computing LLC of San Diego on Wednesday; Malibu retiree Charles Williams on Wednesday; and Levi Strauss executive assistant Andrea Fong of San Francisco on Wednesday. Also, Equality California moved $1.45 million it had collected, and the Washington-based Human Rights Campaign moved $250,000 from its California Marriage PAC, into the main “No on 8″ account. Meanwhile, A&Z Produce owner Jay Clark of Centerville, Utah gave $25,000 Sunday to support Proposition 8.

The California Correctional Peace Officers Association — the state’s prison-guard union — put up $1 million Wednesday 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. The Pala Band of Mission Indians gave $50,000 Saturday to oppose Prop. 5.

The California Teachers Association also gave $300,000 Monday, while the Service Employees International Union’s California State Council gave $250,000 the same day, to the joint campaign against Proposititions 6 and 9; the Democratic State Central Committee of California put up $185,824.64 and the California Professional Firefighters put up $44,345.59 Wednesday to oppose the measures as well. Proposition 6 is a tough-on-crime package including adult prosecution for gang-related criminals 14 and up; annual criminal background checks for public housing residents; harsher bail conditions and penalties for certain crimes; and so on. Proposition 9 seeks to expand crime victims’ rights including restitution.

The SEIU’s State Council also gave $300,000 Tuesday to Strengthening California Through Leadership, a PAC controlled by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles.

And the SEIU’s State Council struck yet again, giving $200,000 Tuesday to oppose 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. San Francisco-based Planned Parenthood Golden Gate gave $125,000 the same day also to oppose Prop. 4.

Much more on propositions 1a, 2, 7 and 11, plus a bunch of legislative races, after the jump…

Contributions this week to support 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 — included $100,000 Wednesday from McGrath Development Inc. CEO Laurie McGrath of San Diego; $50,000 Monday from San Francisco investor Frank Caufield; $25,000 Wednesday from consultant and former Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. President and CEO Sharon L. Patrick of New York City; and $25,000 Thursday from author and “conscious living counselor” Kathleen Freston of New York City. Contributions to oppose Prop. 2 included $26,000 Wednesday from Yucaipa-based chicken rancher Hoover Ranch and $25,000 Tuesday from Fort Worth, Texas-based Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.

The campaign for Proposition 11, the legislative redistricting reform measure, picked up $100,000 Monday from Levi Strauss & Co. chairman and former Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream Inc. chairman and CEO T. Gary Rogers of Oakland; $100,000 Wednesday from the Democratic State Central Committee of California; $50,000 Tuesday from Sunamerica Inc. founder and billionaire Eli Broad of Los Angeles; $50,000 Tuesday from Western National Group CEO Michael K. Hayde of Irvine; and $25,000 Tuesday from Marmon Water LLC — a Berkshire Hathaway Company (that’s Warren Buffet, y’all, the world’s richest man) in Williamsburg, Va. Meanwhile, the California School Employees Association’s political action committee put up $50,000 to oppose Prop. 11.

In the 19th State Senate District, former Assemblyman Tony Strickland’s campaign received $289,461,43 this week from the California Republican Party and $60,000 more Tuesday from the Stanislaus County Republican Party, while former Assemblywoman Hannah Beth Jackson‘s campaign received $279,724.39 this week from the Democratic State Central Committee of California and $50,000 more Wednesday from the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee.

The state GOP also laid $125,000 on Strickland’s wife, Assemblywoman Audra Strickland, R-Moorpark, for her campaign to keep her 37th Assembly District seat, as well as $325,419.90 on Gary Jeandron’s 80th Assembly District campaign.

Marty Block’s 78th Assembly District campaign picked up $125,000 each Saturday from the Mendocino County Democratic Central Committee and from the Sacramento County Democratic Central Committee.

The Sacramento County Dems also ponied up $90,000 Tuesday for Fran Florez‘s 30th Assembly District campaign, the day after the Stanislaus County Democratic Central Committee gave Florez $100,000; the Santa Barbara County Democratic Party gave Florez $40,000 Wednesday. Across the aisle, the California Republican Party gave $125,000 Thursday to Danny Gilmore‘s campaign.

In the 15th Assembly District, Abram Wilson received $85,000 Wednesday from the California Republican Party, while Joan Buchanan received $35,000 Tuesday from the Democratic Central Committee of Marin.

Sacramento political consultant Jim Gonzalez gave $125,000 Wednesday to support Proposition 7, which would require California utilities to procure half of their power from renewable resources by 2025.

The Merced County Democratic Central Committee collected $25,000 each Saturday from the California Department of Forestry Firefighters and the California Professional Firefighters, and another $25,000 Tuesday from the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council.

Assemblywoman Lois Wolk’s 8th State Senate District campaign received $75,000 this week from the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee.

Global infrastructure construction management giant AECOM Technology Corp. of Los Angeles put up $50,000 Monday to support Proposition 1A, the $10 billion bond measure for high-speed rail; another industry giant, Parsons Brinckerhoff of New York City, put up $25,000 Thursday.

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  • Tracy

    FYI: Last week you forgot to include that Sempra donated another $2 million to the No on 7 campaign.