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This week in big-time campaign cash

By Josh Richman
Friday, October 24th, 2008 at 5:15 pm in General.

I knew it was coming, but it still hurts my head: The number of $25,000-and-up contributions to California campaigns and committees suddenly went through the roof this past week as Election Day neared and polls tightened. Given the sudden, enormous jump in notable contributions, I must resort to a more stripped-down format this week. The highlights in brief:

The campaign to defeat Proposition 8 raked in at least about $2.5 million this past week; I’m quite sure many of the big-ticket donations gathered at high-profile Southern California fundraisers this week have not yet been logged in as of this posting.

Chesapeake Energy doubled down on Proposition 10, putting another $1 million into the alternative fuels intiative from which it stands to make a bundle (though its ante is still chump change next to the $15.75 million put up by Prop. 10 proponent T. Boone Pickens‘ Clean Energy Fuels Corp.)

A bunch of Florida Republicans anted up for California’s proposed legislative redistricting reform.

And labor unions (especially the SEIU) and safe Democratic officeholders with money to burn tithed their cash to the Democratic Party, which seems to smell GOP blood in the water in districts up and down the state.

Details — so many details — after the jump…

No on Prop. 8, the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage

  • $570,000 — Williamson Capital LP; San Francisco
  • $500,000 — developer/film producer Stephen Bing, Shangri-La Entertainment; Encino
  • $425,000 — Newsweb Corp. owner Fred Eychaner; Chicago
  • $100,000 — Google cofounder Sergey Brin; Menlo Park
  • $100,000 — Equidex Inc. chairman and former Ambassador James Hormel; San Francisco
  • $100,000 — Double M Inc. president David Maltz; Cleveland
  • $100,000 — Dolby Laboratories founder Ray and Dagmar Dolby; San Francisco
  • $60,000 — Equality for All campaign manager Adam Freed; San Francisco
  • $50,000 — screenwriter John August, Quote Unquote Films; Beverly Hills
  • $50,000 — California Community Foundation; Los Angeles
  • $50,000 — Lucasfilm; San Francisco
  • $40,000 — Google cofounder Lawrence E. Page; Menlo Park
  • $27,167.11 — Human Rights Campaign; Washington, D.C.
  • $25,000 — Los Angeles County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO; Los Angeles
  • $25,000 — choreographer/director/consultant Kathleen Marshall; Bradbury
  • $25,000 — Action Learning Systems president Kit Marshall; Bradbury
  • $25,000 — Covidien President/CEO Richard Meelia; Walpole, Mass.
  • $25,000 — Action Learning Systems executive vice president Gary Soto; Claremont
  • $25,000 — Edith Wasserman, widow of Hollywood studio exec Lew Wasserman; Los Angeles
  • $25,000 — AltaMed Health Services Corp.; Los Angeles
  • $25,000 — actor David Hyde Pierce; Los Angeles
  • $25,000 — American Standard Development Co. owner Robert Abernathy; Los Angeles
  • $25,000 — Leaders for an Effective Government; Sacramento
  • $25,000 — investor and Spring.NET founder Mark E. Pollack; Santa Monica
  • $25,000 — television Gregory Berlanti; Beverly Hills
  • $25,000 — King World Productions president Michael G. King; Pacific Palisades
  • (Several organizations also consolidated money they’d collected to oppose Prop. 8 into the main “No on 8″ fund this week: $871,000 from Equality California; $525,000 from Californians Against Elimination of Basic Rights in San Leandro; and $50,000 from the National Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco.)

    Yes on Prop. 8

  • $150,000 — Knights of Columbus; New Haven, Conn.
  • $150,000 — Fieldstead & Co.; Irvine
  • $100,000 — National Organization for Marriage California; Santa Ana
  • $50,000 — homemaker Carol Smith; Murray, Utah
  • $30,000 — Michele C. Sundstrom; San Jose
  • $25,000 — artist Francis Magleby; Provo, Utah
  • $25,000 — Los Alamitos Race Course owner and family planning clinic chain cofounder Edward Allred; Los Alamitos
  • Yes on Prop. 11, the legislative redistricting reform measure

  • $250,000 — Rothstein Rosenfelt Adler; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • $100,000 — Saban Capital chairman/CEO Haim Saban; Los Angeles
  • $75,000 — Fourth Quarter Properties XII LLC; Newnan, Ga.
  • $50,000 — Ashbritt Inc.; Pompano Beach, Fla.
  • $50,000 — Ashbritt CEO Randal R. Perkins; Parkland, Fla.
  • $50,000 — The GEO Group Inc. PAC; Boca Raton, Fla.
  • $40,000 — Lincoln Club of San Diego; San Diego
  • $25,000 — AECOM Technology Corp.; Los Angeles
  • $25,000 — AutoNation Inc.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • $25,000 — lobbyist/attorney Ronald Book; Aventura, Fla.
  • $25,000 — Coca Cola Bottling Co.; Oakland
  • $25,000 — Eastern Waste Systems Inc.; Pompano Beach, Fla.
  • $25,000 — Lusamerica Foods; Morgan Hill
  • $25,000 — California Grocers Association; Sacramento
  • Yes on Prop. 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

  • $500,000 — Rockit Fund; New York City
  • $50,000 — Richard B. Mazess, retired former chairman of Bone Care International; Santa Barbara
  • No on Prop. 5

  • $250,000 — former eBay president/CEO Meg Whitman; Atherton
  • $100,000 — California Beer and Beverage Distributors; Sacramento
  • $99,300 — Los Angeles Police Protective League; Los Angeles
  • $50,000 — DEB Construction executive Douglas Barnhart; San Diego
  • $50,000 — San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; Highland
  • $35,000 — Los Angeles Casinos PAC; Bell Gardens
  • $25,000 — Colusa Indian Community Council; Colusa
  • $25,000 — Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs PAC; Monterey Park
  • Yes on Prop. 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

  • $500,000 — heiress and philanthropist Audrey Steele Burnand; Newport Beach
  • $100,000 — 23andMe Inc. co-founder Anne Wojcicki; Menlo Park
  • $60,000 — Humane Society of the United States; Washington, D.C.
  • $50,000 — Peterson Charitable Foundation; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • $50,000 — Animal Welfare Institute; Washington, D.C.
  • $33,000 — Google co-founder Lawrence E. Page; Menlo Park
  • No on Prop. 2

  • $150,000 — Gemperle Enterprises; Turlock
  • $166,657 — J.S. West Milling Co.; Modesto
  • $50,000 — Willamette Egg Farms; Canby, Ore.
  • Yes on Prop. 1A, the $10 billion bond measure for high-speed rail

  • $183,493 — Professional Engineers in California Government; Sacramento
  • $50,000 — Northern California Carpenters Regional Council; Oakland
  • $50,000 — Granite Construction; Watsonville
  • $40,000 — California Nurses Association; Oakland
  • $30,000 — CH2M Hill; San Diego
  • $25,000 — Arup; New York City
  • $25,000 — Engineering and Utility Contractors Association; San Ramon
  • $25,000 — URS Corp.; Roseville
  • $25,000 — DeSilva Gates Construction LLP; Dublin
  • No on Prop. 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

  • $225,000 — California Planned Parenthood Education Fund; Sacramento
  • $150,000 — California Teachers Association; Burlingame
  • $50,000 — Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $50,000 — California Medical Association Political Education Committee; Sacramento
  • $26,291.51 — Planned Parenthood Mar Monte; San Jose
  • $25,000 — Leaders for an Effective Government; Sacramento
  • No on Propositions 6 and 9 — a tough-on-crime package including adult prosecution for gang-related criminals 14 and up, annual criminal background checks for public housing residents, and harsher bail conditions and penalties for certain crimes; and a expand crime victims’ rights measure

  • $269,600 — California Teachers Association; Burlingame
  • $82,553.94 — Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • Yes on Prop. 6

  • $50,000 — Los Angeles Police Protective League; Los Angeles
  • No on Prop. 7, which would require California utilities to procure half of their power from renewable resources by 2025

  • $40,470.74 — Lincoln Club of San Diego County
  • Yes on Prop. 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

  • $1,000,000 — Chesapeake Energy; Oklahoma City
  • No on Prop. 10

  • $40,000 — California Nurses Association; Oakland
  • $25,000 — American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees of California; Sacramento
  • 19th State Senate District — Hannah Beth Jackson (D)

  • $195,518.89 — Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $150,000 — Merced County Democratic Central Committee
  • $55,000 — Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee
  • $75,000 — Santa Barbara County Democratic Central Committee
  • $50,000 — Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee
  • $30,000 — San Diego County Democratic Party
  • 19th State Senate District — Tony Strickland (R)

  • $200,000 — California Republican Party
  • $65,000 — San Joaquin County Republican Central Committee
  • $30,000 — Republican Central Committee of Orange County
  • $29,300 — Yolo County Republican Party
  • 8th State Senate District — Lois Wolk (D)

  • $59,674.70 — Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $31,000 — Yolo County Democratic Central Committee
  • 10th Assembly District — Alyson Huber (D)

  • $63,000 — Del Norte County Democratic Central Committee
  • $62,000 — Sacramento County Democratic Central Committee
  • 10th Assembly District — Jack Sieglock (R)

  • $25,000 — Jack Sieglock; Lodi
  • 15th Assembly District — Joan Buchanan (D)

  • $82,000 — Mendocino County Democratic Central Committee
  • $53,000 — Stanislaus County Democratic Central Committee
  • 16th Assembly District — Bill Berryhill (R)

  • $25,000 — B.B. Vineyards (the candidate’s own business); Ceres
  • 30th Assembly District — Fran Florez (D)

  • $152,000 — Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $105,000 — Stanislaus County Democratic Central Committee
  • $80,000 — Sacramento County Democratic Central Committee
  • $30,000 — Santa Barbara County Democratic Party
  • 78th Assembly District — John McCann (R)

  • $161,000 — California Republican Party
  • 78th Assembly District — Marty Block (D)

  • $30,200 — Service Employees International Union Local 1000; Sacramento
  • 80th Assembly District — Manuel Perez (D)

  • $125,280.23 — Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • 80th Assembly District — Gary Jeandron (R)

  • $100,000 — Ventura County Republican Party
  • Governor Schwarzenegger’s California Dream

  • $50,000 — Cisco Systems President/CEO John Chambers; Los Altos Hills
  • Democratic committees

  • $150,000 from the California State Council of Service Employees Committee on Political Education (COPE) to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $100,000 from Dave Jones for Assembly 2008 of Sacramento to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $100,000 from Service Employees International Union Political Education and Action Fund (PEA International) of Washington, D.C., to the Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • $75,000 from Kevin de Leon for Assembly 2008 of Los Angeles to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $70,000 from Charles Calderon for Assembly 2008 of Covina to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $54,000 from Patty Berg for Insurance Commissioner of Sacramento to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $50,000 from Abraxis Bioscience Inc. of Los Angeles to the Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • $50,000 from SEIU Healthcare Workers West to the San Mateo County Central Democratic Committee
  • $50,000 from Mike Eng for Assembly 2008 of Los Angeles to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $30,200 from SEIU Local 1000 California State Employees Association to the Mendocino County Democratic Central Committee
  • $30,200 from SEIU Local 1000 California State Employees Association to the Stanislaus County Democratic Central Committee
  • $30,200 from California State Council of Service Employees to the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee
  • $30,200 from California State Council of Service Employees to the Santa Barbara County Central Democratic Committee
  • $30,200 from Wolk for Assembly 2006 of Sacramento to the Santa Barbara Democratic Central Committee
  • $30,200 from the Service Employees International Union Local 1000 of Sacramento to the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee
  • $30,200 from the Service Employees International Union Local 1000 of Sacramento to the Merced County Democratic Central Committee
  • $30,200 from the Service Employees International Union Local 1000 of Sacramento to the Del Norte County Democratic Central Committee
  • $30,200 from the Service Employees International Union Local 1000 of Sacramento to the Democratic Central Committee of Marin
  • $30,200 from the Service Employees International Union Local 1000 of Sacramento to the San Diego Democratic Party
  • $30,200 from the California Dental Association PAC of Sacramento to the Democratic Central Committee of Marin
  • $30,000 from Cisco Systems President/CEO John Chambers of Los Altos Hills to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $25,000 from the California Defense Counsel PAC of Sacramento to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • $25,000 from Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters in Los Angeles to the Merced County Democratic Central Committee
  • $25,000 from Political Action for Classified Employees (PACE) of the California School Employees Association to the Merced County Central Democratic Committee
  • $25,000 from Political Action for Classified Employees (PACE) of the California School Employees Association to the San Diego Democratic Party
  • $25,000 from Political Action for Classified Employees (PACE) of the California School Employees Association to the Santa Clara Democratic Central Committee
  • $25,000 from SEIU Healthcare Workers West to the Santa Clara Democratic Central Committee
  • $25,000 from SEIU Healthcare Workers West to the Merced County Democratic Central Committee
  • $25,000 from SEIU Healthcare Workers West to the San Diego County Democratic Party
  • $25,000 from Zenith Insurance Co. of Woodland Hills to the Mendocino County Central Democratic Committee
  • $25,000 from Zenith Insurance Co. of Woodland Hills to the Stanislaus County Central Democratic Committee
  • $25,000 from the State Building and Construction Trades Council to the Stanislaus County Central Democratic Committee
  • $25,000 from the California School Employees Association to the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee
  • $25,000 from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings of Santa Cruz to the Democratic State Central Committee of California
  • Republican committees

  • $180,000 from the California Correctional Peace Officers Association to the California Republican Party
  • $90,000 from the California Real Estate Political Action Committee (CREPAC) of Los Angeles to the California Republican Party
  • $90,000 from Trust Company of the West chairman Robert Day of Los Angeles to the California Republican Party
  • $40,000 from the Committee to Stop Blank Checks in San Rafael to the San Francisco Republican Party
  • $31,267 from the Manchester Financial Group LP of San Diego to the San Diego Republican Party
  • $30,200 from Taxpayers for Jim Nielsen of Yuba City to the California Republican Party
  • $30,200 from Bob Dutton for State Senate 2008 of Rancho Santa Margarita to the California Republican Party
  • $30,200 from Adams for Assembly 2008 of Rancho Santa Margarita to the California Republican Party
  • $30,200 from Mark Wyland for Senate 2010 of Encinitas to the Riverside County Republican Party
  • $30,200 from Mark Wyland for Senate 2010 of Encinitas to the Republican Party of Orange County
  • $30,000 from the California Correctional Peace Officers Association to the Republican Party of Orange County
  • $30,000 from Villines for Assembly 2008 of Fresno to the San Joaquin County Republican Central Committee
  • $30,000 from Berryhill for Assembly 2008 of Modesto to the Yolo County Republican Central Committee
  • $27,735 from UST Public Affairs of Greenwich, Conn., to the California Republican Party
  • $25,000 from Corrections Corporation of America in Nashville, Tenn., to the California Republican Party
  • $25,000 from JGE Capital owner Jeffrey G. Edwards of San Francisco to the California Republican Party
  • $25,000 from Valero PAC of San Antonio, Texas, to the California Republican Party
  • $25,000 from the California Optometric PAC of Sacramento to the California Republican Party
  • $25,000 from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of Highland to the Riverside County Republican Central Committee
  • $25,000 from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of Highland to the San Joaquin County Republican Central Committee
  • A few donations this week don’t fit neatly into the template:

    State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner dumped $60,000 into his Poizner for Insurance Commissioner 2010 re-election committee; I wonder why he didn’t put it in his Poizner for Governor Exploratory Committee.

    Yes on Measure R Los Angeles kicked $50,000 back to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers‘ Committee on Political Action (COPE) … maybe some sort of accounting snafu, as there seem to be several camapign committees supporting the proposed half-cent sales tax to bankroll highway and mass-transit improvements.

    And Santa Ana retiree James Lindsey gave $40,000 Tuesday to the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition State PAC; that PAC on Wednesday gave $38,500 to the Committee Against Corruption; that’s a big influx of cash for a committee that had $37 to its name at midyear. The committee has been spending money on mailers and whatnot in recent weeks to oppose Charles Bolton, Don Kritzer and Clyde B. Osborn, who are candidates for districts 3, 4 and 5, respectively, of the Valley Health System Health Care District in Riverside County. But the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition and the Committee Against Corruption share the same phone number… why the shell game?

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